Johannes Hendrik Tolstoi Schoeman

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Johannes Hendrik Tolstoi Schoeman

Death: December 16, 2010 (86)
Badplaas, Gert Sibande, Mpumalanga, South Africa (Farm Attack)
Immediate Family:

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Occupation: Retired Farmer
Managed by: Susan Jane Isikson (Parratt)
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About Johannes Hendrik Tolstoi Schoeman

Johannes Tolstoi Schoeman (1924 - 2010)

Brief overview:

Johannes (86), known as Tolstoi, and his wife Güdryn (65) were sleeping when robbers gained access to the farmhouse through the back door of their farm Vygeboom, near Badplaas on the night of 16th December 2010. They attacked Schoeman after which they tied up his hands and feet then strangled him using his tracksuit top. The perpetrators then demanded money and firearms from Güdryn and shoved her into her car to draw money at an ATM. According to police, it seems as if the robbers knew exactly where the car keys of Mrs Schoeman’s Honda Tazz were kept. They also appeared to have used a duplicate kitchen door key to gain access to the house. After driving to an ATM in Machadadorp, the robbers forced their victim to draw money and then drove in the direction of Carolina. On the way there they overturned the car and then fled the scene on foot. When police discovered the wreck with the injured Güdryn inside, she told them about the attack on the farm on Tolstoy and that she suspected that her husband was dead.

COURT 2013: Judge Mmonoa Teffo of the Nelspruit Circuit Court found Aaron Majawodwa Nkosi (30) guilty, on five different counts, including the murder of Tolstoi. Judge Teffo said Nkosi incriminated himself by pointing out the crime scene, and that his evidence tallied with the testimony of Gudryn Schoeman. He had also told Investigating Officer, Captain Martinus Roussou from the Hawks, that he was at the farm on 16 December. Nkosi's co-accused Thomas Johannes Nyathi (30) was acquitted as the State failed to prove a case against him. She said that although the blood samples taken from the car used in the crime, which later crashed into a wall, matched Nyathi's, the State had failed to prove its case against him, and he was acquitted of all charges. "Testimony by Pretoria laboratory Warrant Officer Matome Arthur Manyama stated there was an error regarding the CAS number. The CAS number on the sample bag was 37122011, instead of 37122010. "Although Manyama communicated with [Warrant Officer] Orcilla Loubser to rectify the mistake, Loubser herself did not mention it in her testimony," she said. "Due to the fact that a proper procedure was not followed by the police team, there is doubt about contamination.” Although Nyathi had been unable to explain how his blood came to be on the car's bumper, the DNA results were not accepted.

Brief Biography:

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  • The Farm/Smallholding
    • Farm Vygeboom, near Badplaas
  • The Region (Land disputes, other incidents etc.)

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  • Weapons
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  • Torture, Gratuitous violence
  • Indications of Hate Crime? Threats etc.

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Johannes Hendrik Tolstoi Schoeman's Timeline

December 16, 2010
Age 86
Badplaas, Gert Sibande, Mpumalanga, South Africa