Farm attack: elderly woman fights off intruder

2010-12-06 00:00

A BRAVE 70-year-old woman on a farm in Nottingham Road yesterday gathered her strength and fought off a man who had overpowered her, sending him fleeing as he started tearing off her clothes.

The man was arrested by Farm Watch members and handed over to police who discovered he was out on parole after having been convicted a week ago for theft.

The woman’s ordeal began at 7.30 am yesterday morning when she answered her doorbell. She was at home alone after her husband had left the farm to go to Mooi River.

Her name was withheld.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said that when she answered the door, a strange man overpowered her.

“He demanded cash and jewellery and took her through the rooms of the farmhouse manhandling her and trying to strangle her. He then took her to a room where he began removing the clothes on the bottom half of her body, but she managed to fight him off, kicking him and pushing him away,” Jeevan said.

The woman also kneed him. “He ran into another room and broke a window to get out of the house.” He was unarmed, said Jeevan.

The woman was severely traumatised by the incident.

“She called the police who contacted the local Farm Watch organisation and the man was caught 10 minutes later by Farm Watch as he walked down the road. He was later handed over to the police. The money and jewellery he had taken were found on him. He will appear in Howick Magistrate’s Court today,” said Jeevan.

She said it was important that the police enjoy a good relationship with Farm Watch and the community.

The woman declined to comment on the incident when approached by The Witness yesterday.

Koos Marais of the KZN Agricultural Union (Kwanalu), warned people living on farms and smallholdings to be more vigilant during the festive season, a time when crime increases, and said they should be aware of who is on their property.

Noting the suspect was out on parole, Marais said Kwanalu remains “concerned at the leniency of the courts and correctional services”.

 

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