Elderly woman shot in farm attack

2013-03-04 00:00

AN elderly Nottingham Road woman, who was beaten up in her home by unknown men four months ago, was again the victim of an attack at the weekend.

Lynn Twort (70) was shot in the chest at close range on Saturday night, after she opened the kitchen door to let her dogs out.

Her husband, Ken (76), was assaulted as he tried in vain to ward off the attacker, who then fled with only a cellphone.

The couple were in a stable condition in hospital yesterday.

The Tworts farm with cattle and used to breed horses. They have been described as “hard-working, salt-of-the-earth” people.

Police spokesperson Captain Lolly Moodley told The Witness that Lynn heard her dogs moving around at about 8.20 pm on Saturday.

“She thought they needed to go outside so she opened the kitchen door … and the man shot her immediately.

“The motive is unknown,” Moodley said. He added that they are on the hunt for a male in his early 30s.

Local resident and DA councillor Moira Grueneberg told The Witness: “We’re all devastated of course. They are a genuine and loving couple, real salt-of-the-earth type of people. An incident like this would rattle the community.”

A neighbour who did not wish to be named said the couple had lived in the area for about a decade. He added that Ken had previously bred race horses.

The Nottingham Road Police Station is investigating two cases of attempted murder.

Moodley said the area has not been plagued by farm attacks in the recent past.

KZN agricultural union (Kwanalu) spokesperson Koos Marais echoed this view.

However, he said locals should be more vigilant regarding safety and security in the area.

Marais said that a community meeting was recently organised by the police, aimed at increasing the general level of awareness around farm attacks.

“They implored locals to sharpen up on security measures and report strangers in the area. It’s an isolated area and land owners need to be extra cautious.

“We have confidence that the police will do their utmost to apprehend the culprits,” Marais said.

The chairperson of the Nottingham Road Landowners Association, Richard Bates said the community should remain proactive by interacting closely with the police and security companies in order to combat crime.

“There has not been much trouble in the area. We have a very good CPF [Community Policing Forum] and for the past year, the chairman, Bob Savage has been good at getting everyone together,” said Bates.

While Grueneberg praised the local police, she stressed that more police officers were needed.

She added that visible policing was also critically important.

The family of the victims was still in a state of shock, and they could not comment.

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