Robbers beat farm couple

2008-07-14 00:00

A farmer and his wife are recovering after being beaten in their home at Sunnyvale Farm, Harding, by intruders who were after money and guns yesterday morning.

Their son-in-law, Glen Simpson, told The Witness that John (61) and Ann (58) Payn were woken by a noise at 3 am.

“John went … to investigate and was confronted by a youth wearing a balaclava and holding a gun. Behind him were two others … They demanded money and guns.

“They tied them up and separated them … They also put Ann on a bed and covered her … she thought they were going to shoot her. They found R1 000 … and bashed her … [to find] more … ” he said.

The couple were beaten until they revealed the location of the safe and keys. The robbers made off with three firearms and cash after more than an hour.

The couple struggled to untie themselves and telephoned their son for help. “They are recovering, but are very traumatised,” he said.

Simpson praised the police dog squad and the security company for their fast arrival.

He said they found a pool of blood on the farm and suspected that the robbers fought among themselves. Police followed a trail down to the river and into a settlement.

Yesterday, 30 farmers met to discuss the incident and decided to appoint a private investigator, Simpson said. They are searching for the three men.

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