Robbers defile man’s ashes

2013-08-31 00:00

A 62-YEAR-OLD widow from Thornville wept as she recounted a midnight attack in her farm home on Thursday night, in which she was burnt with a hot iron, cut with knives and robbed.

However, the most painful part of Lena-Maria Jackson’s ordeal was when her three attackers broke a treasured box containing the ashes of her late husband, Ronald.

“The ashes just went everywhere in the room and they didn’t care, walking around in it,” sobbed Jackson.

She has vowed to sell the farm.

Jackson, who was later treated at a Pietermaritzburg hospital, said she was awakened by a noise and went to investigate, only to be confronted by the men.

“I heard a door banging in the kitchen and woke up. The men just came at me with home-made knives, threatening me and demanding cash.

“They tied my hands up with an elastic band. All I had was R40 as I am a pensioner. Because this was not enough they began striking at me with the knives and then assaulting me with a hot iron on my back.”

Jackson described how she cried and begged the men not to hurt her as she really did not have any money.

“But they didn’t care.”

She said because the lights were switched off, the men shone a torch on her face.

“There was a struggle and I managed to put on the lights. They shouted at me to switch it off and that I must not look at their faces.

“They even beat me up because they said I had triggered the alarm when the lights went on. It was just horrific how they ransacked my house, not caring about anything.”

The men eventually fled with Jackson’s shotgun, two cellphones and her Hyundai bakkie.

The vehicle was subsequently recovered in Isipingo.

Jackson managed to free herself and called for help from her employee Simon Dube, who lives on the farm. “I think they probably burnt something to put me into a deep sleep as I cannot believe that this happened and I did not hear a thing,” Dube told Weekend Witness.

Jackson has now hired security guards to protect her while she packs her belongings.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan appealed for anyone with information to contact investigating officer Detective Warrant Officer Mandlenkosi Mpulo from Thornville Detective Services at 033 251 0671 or 082 459 6042 or CrimeStop on toll free 08600 10111.

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