Bungle: Robbers shoot each other after holding up farming couple

2008-05-25 00:00

TWO robbery suspects were hospitalised under police guard on Friday night after they robbed a farming couple before allegedly shooting each other while fleeing.

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said the pair stormed the home of farmer Moray Norton (50) in Harburg at about 5 pm and demanded money.

“Both suspects were armed with handguns,” said Budhram.

He said Norton told the attackers that the money was in the bedroom, and they went with him to the room, where Norton’s wife, Debra (50), was resting. Debra was forced to open the safe, but there was no money in it.

Debra was assaulted with the butt of a gun as the men continued to demand money, said Budhram.

She told them she would look in the office for money and they accompanied the couple to the office. Debra managed to gather about R1 000 from drawers in the office and gave it to the men.

Budhram said the police and a local security accompany were alerted and one of the suspects was arrested about one kilometre from the farm.

“The suspect was hiding near a cliff. During the arrest, it was discovered that he had gunshot wounds to his legs, and when Bungle: robbers shoot each other

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questioned, he alleged that he was shot by his accomplice.”

The police found a 9 mm hand gun with ammunition in his possession. He was admitted to hospital under guard.

“Further investigations led to the arrest of the second suspect at a home in Mqeku area, where it was discovered that he had also sustained gunshot wounds to his legs, alleging he was also shot by his accomplice. A 9 mm handgun with ammunition was also recovered from him. He was also hospitalised under police guard.”

sphume@witness.co.za

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