Wendy Wilken (Beeld)
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Johannesburg – A koi fish breeder has recounted how he
fell over his wife’s body shortly after she was shot in the head during a
botched robbery on their smallholding.
“She has been murdered and my life has been
ripped apart,” said a devastated and emotional Mario Wilken on Tuesday
Wilken and his wife, Wendy, 60, had been living on a
smallholding in Walkerville, south of Johannesburg, for the past 15 years and owned
a business, The Koi Farm.
Three men who posed as customers overpowered four
employees just after 09:00 on Tuesday morning and forced them into the house.
Wilken and his wife were overpowered in the house. All
were forced into the pantry.
“We had to open the safe, which is in the
pantry,” said Wilken.
“There was nothing in the safe. Then they wanted
money. Wendy was pulled out of the pantry. She had to give them the money. I
heard a shot and pushed open the door.”
His wife was lying in a puddle of blood on the floor.
The men fled, taking nothing.
“She was the most loving person who always wanted
to help others, no matter what the colour of their skin or race was.”
He has offered a reward of R50 000 for information
leading to the successful arrest and conviction of the men.
Trip to Japan
“I missed the earthquake in Japan by three hours
and now this happens.”
Wilken had been in Japan to buy koi and his plane had
just taken off when the devastating earthquake hit the country.
The incident on Tuesday was the second armed robbery
on their smallholding in the past three years.
“There were a lot of police here today. I doubt
whether anything will come of it,” said Wilken.
He said he was no longer up to running the koi