Farmer paralyzed by violent robberies in South Africa 20 years ago, tied up and killed in wheelchair in second gruesome attack
- Neil McKay, 46, was found by his mother when she visited his farm to see him
- He was found tied to his wheelchair in his bedroom on the South African farm
- McKay was paralyzed when he was shot in the back by robbers 20 years ago
A helpless farmer shot in the back by robbers and paralyzed in South Africa 20 years ago was tied in his wheelchair and brutally strangled in a second attack.
Neil McKay, 46, was found by his distraught mother when she visited the farm in Winterton to check on him.
Widow Bev went upstairs to find her disabled son tied up in his wheelchair in his bedroom.
Police investigators said he had been strangled by his kidnappers, who were hiding close to the property while waiting for Neil to be alone.
Neil McKay, 46, a farmer shot in the back by robbers and paralyzed in South Africa 20 years ago, is bound in his wheelchair and brutally strangled in a second attack
The disabled 46-year-old was found by his distraught mother when she visited the farm in Winterton, South Africa to check on him
His death has sparked anger in the town of Winterton in KwaZulu-Natal province, especially as his attackers were not captured after the initial attack.
Alf Lees, the Democratic Alliance MP for the Uthukela constituency, said: ‘Who would kill a man in a wheelchair? A man unarmed and physically incapable of defending himself?
Neil was a gentle and kind man of peace who refused to carry or have a gun despite living on a farm where his late father allowed him to work from a wheelchair.
It appears that his attackers stood guard on the farm and attacked the defenseless Neil after his manager and staff left and he was alone at night.
First they cleared the safe and then apparently dragged Neil into his bedroom where they brutally strangled him after tying him up despite being in a wheelchair.
Despite twenty years since the first attack on Neil, the attackers have never been convicted and Ms. McKay has survived that and now his murder.
“He was murdered by people who deserve no place in our society except prison.”
Alf Lees, Democratic Alliance MP for the Uthukela constituency (pictured), condemned McKay’s murder, saying the perpetrators “ don’t deserve any place in our society. ”
KwaZulu-Natal police spokesman Captain Nqobile Gwala said agents had opened a murder investigation into the incident.
She added that McKay’s body was found strangled at Skietdrif Farm in Winterton.
She said: ‘The body of a 46-year-old man was found strangled in his wheelchair. We think he was tied up and murdered. ‘
A family friend explained that the attackers had attacked McKay so they could steal the money in his safe.
The robbers, he said, got rid of three of McKay’s six dogs before tying up and strangling the victim.
The other three dogs were cut with knives while trying to defend McKay, he said.
“How much more harm can you get than tie a terrified man in a wheelchair who can’t defend himself or resist and then strangle the life out of him?” He said.
The robbers released three of McKay’s dogs and slashed three others with knives before strangling their owner to death.
McKay was first attacked 20 years ago while working on a farm run by the Boettiger family in Winterton.
In the attack, armed robbers stormed the farm and shot McKay in the spine, paralyzing him.
His father Bert converted their farm in Winterton so that Neil could drive it from his wheelchair.
He died several years ago and left Neil to run the family’s chicken farm on his own.
The South African police have not yet made any arrests.