Brit shot dead in bungled armed burglary in South Africa

Sinead Moore
Betani Village
Betani Village

A British adventurer has died after being shot in the chest and neck during his dream trip to South Africa.

Jeremy Brooke, 32, was on holiday with friends in Transkei, a remote part of the country, when armed burglars burst into their farmhouse and opened fire, shooting Jeremy in the chest and neck, reports the Daily Mail.

He was taken to Madawaleni hospital but died hours later.

South African Police confirmed that five men have since been arrested in connection with the murder.

A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "We are aware of the death of a British national, Jeremy Brooke on 22 February in South Africa.

"We are providing consular assistance to his family at this difficult time."

A spokesman for the heartbroken family said: 'Shocked as we are, we would like to express our gratitude for the support we have received.'

Jeremy, a nature warden, studied agriculture on a course for farmers' sons where he learned building, electrical, plumbing and welding skills.

Police say he was working as a farmer in the village in Transkei.

Jeremy's bereaved family in Bridgend, South Wales have spoken of their tremendous loss saying, "We are devastated - Jeremy had a passion for life which enriched the lives of everyone who knew him.

'After leaving school he travelled extensively funding his trips and dreams through stints of working in factories and in farming.

'Jeremy attended Durban Prep School in South Africa before going on agricultural college where his passion for nature was further nurtured.

'Jeremy loved South Africa and it is regretful that such senseless and criminal violence is robbing the country of so many valuable, proud citizens.'

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