Couple attacked on farm

2011-02-07 00:00

AN elderly couple were assaulted, tied up and robbed on their farm near Greytown last Thursday.

Van Zyl Wilhelm van Eeden (78) and his wife, Maxie (72) were at their home, Brookingfield Farm, along District Road 331 in the Rietvlei policing precinct near Greytown when intruders forced open their front door at 2.30 in the afternoon.

Van Eeden attempted to close the door but was overpowered by three men, two of whom were armed with sticks. His wife was in the bedroom at the time.

The suspects demanded safe keys and cash from Van Eeden, who told them that he did not have a safe.

He was then hit about the head. When his wife came into the room she too was hit about the head.

The suspects then demanded Van Eeden hand over his car keys, which he did. The suspects forced the Van Eedens into their bathroom and tied their hands and feet with rope.

They then ransacked the house and loaded radios, televisions, computers, a camera, cellular phones and R500 in cash it into Van Eeden’s red Toyota Tazz parked outside.

When the vehicle failed to start they then attempted to push-start it — also without success.

They fled the scene on foot, taking with them three cellphones, a laptop and the money and leaving the other items in the vehicle.

A short while later Van Eeden managed to free himself and drove to a neighbouring farm for assistance.

The Van Eedens sustained slight injuries and were taken by the neighbour to a doctor for treatment.

No arrests have been made. Anyone with information about the incident should call Warrant officer Oscar Mabaso of the Rietvlei detective services at 033 417 1226 or 082 459 7324. Anonymous callers should contact Crime Stop toll free at 08600 10111.

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