Elderly Merrivale couple assaulted, locked in cupboardShe prayed for assailants

2011-06-24 00:00

“JESUS loves you, I’m praying for you and we love you. Even though you are doing this to us we forgive you.”

These were the words of 66-year-old Edith Conway to four men who were robbing her and her husband Peter (70) in their home in Merrivale Heights outside Howick yesterday afternoon.

But her words made no impression and the thieves assaulted the couple.

Peter Conway said that during the repeated assault they were robbed of R8 000 in cash that they had just collected from clients.

“I was throttled until I passed out, and regained consciousness. They also assaulted my wife before they pushed us into a cupboard and closed us inside.”

The couple run a bakery business from their home.

Conway said he had just arrived home from delivering bread when two strangers approached in a white Ford bakkie with a Durban registration number. They pretended to be looking for directions.

“After I had given them directions, they asked for water to drink. I gave them the water and went into the bakery to work as I was thinking that they were going to reverse and leave,” said Conway.

But to his shock the men grabbed him from behind. Two other men came in. They throttled him and threw him to the floor. Two of them went to the back veranda where Edith was relaxing in a rocking chair with a cup of coffee.

“They klapped her and took us to my office where they kept on demanding money. They pulled out all the drawers before we gave them R8 000,” he said.

The couple were forced into the cupboard and told to remain inside and not try to open it. After about five minutes Conway heard his Opel Corsa bakkie being driven away.

He was also robbed of his cellphone.

“I was first robbed four years ago, and the man who did that is sitting in jail right now,” he said.

Police spokesperson Captain Lolly Moodley said no arrests have been made, and the Conways’ bakkie is still missing.

Anyone who might have information about the criminals is asked to call 086 001 0111.

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