Attackers flee farm as security arrives

2010-08-31 00:00

THE sudden arrival of security guards saved a Nottingham Road farmer and his wife from attackers who intruded into their home on Friday night.

Christopher McKenzie (58), his wife Gina (53) and their 25-year-old daughter Antonia were having supper when strangers entered their house at about 8 pm.

“My wife opened the door to throw something out and the guys were waiting outside. But they ran away when a security company arrived,” said McKenzie.

He said that before the intruders took control of the house, Antonia made a quick move to press a panic button.

The criminals tied the family up with tape and forced them to hand over R4 000 and three laptops.

“But we recovered the laptops as they were abandoned on the farm,” he said.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said the criminals threatened McKenzie with a firearm and forced him to hand over the money.

“After he had told them that he had no money in the house, he led them to his vehicle where he gave them the cash,” she said.

She said that inside the house, an attacker who had a knife was busy tying Gina and Antonia with tape.

“The gunman then brought [McKenzie] into the house where they ransacked the house looking for more money. They took jewellery, three laptops and a portable handset. They also tied him up,” Joey said.

The hoot of a security company vehicle while they were searching the house, saw the attackers flee the scene. Jeevan said no one has been arrested.

Manager of the security desk in the KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union (Kwanalu) Koos Marais said the number of farm attacks in the midlands is continuously increasing. “It seems that criminals are roaming about the area without any regard for the law. We call upon police to step up action against crime,” said Marais.

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