Eduard Neumeister, 67, who was born in Austria, was hit with ‘dozens of blows’ from a bush knife at his property in Balgowan, 70 miles outside Durban.The frenzied attack happened as Eduard – known locally as Edi – went to feed his dogs and prepare for breakfast at the Bratwurst Sausage Restaurant and B&B that he ran with partner Margit Riebler, 62. As Eduard went outside he was struck with such force by a man wearing a balaclava that he was knocked to the ground.
His devastated partner Margit told police Eduard bravely fought for his life before tragically collapsing in pool of his own blood.Thinking Eduard was dead, the attacker ambushed the restaurant kitchen, where he began strangling Margit and threatened: ‘Give me all the money or die’.
At this point Eduard staggered through the door, despite his severe injuries, as he desperately tried to help Margit and begged the attacker to leave her alone.
But the man launched a second attack on Eduard with such such ferocity that he was hacked beyond recognition.
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Paramedics and police officers said they had never seen such horrific injuries to a person and revealed Eduard was cut ‘into pieces’.
As the murderer continued to hack Eduard’s body on the kitchen floor, Margit fled to the main road and flagged down car.
She was driven to a nearby boarding school and called emergency services, but the murderer fled the scene before police arrived, and no arrests have been made.