KZN house robbers pistol-whip victim

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Durban - A man was tied up, threatened with death and pistol-whipped during a precise and brutal home invasion in Cato Ridge on Tuesday.

Police have started a search for the three armed men, who caught the homeowner off guard while he was hanging washing in the garden.

Zane Moorcroft, the victim’s son, told News24 that his father Erick, 46, had just said goodbye to the garden service when he was attacked.

“My father had let the gardeners out of the front gate and walked into our back garden to hang some washing. Once he was finished at the line he started back towards the house, when suddenly he had a gun in his face,” he said.

“Two other guys held him from behind and the guy with the gun used the pistol to hit him in the face and over the head. They pushed him inside into the lounge and then tied his arms and one leg behind his back with an extension cord,” Moorcroft said.

“They kept on telling him that they would kill him and they were demanding his wallet and wanting to know where the safe was or whether he had a gun, of which he has neither.”

The men held Moorcroft at gunpoint while they ransacked the home and stole a laptop and other valuables before fleeing in his  car.

“It is impossible for us to feel safe anymore. Crime is everywhere,” the son added.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane confirmed the matter was under investigation, and that police had responded and processed the crime scene.

“No injuries were sustained during the incident. A case of house robbery was opened at Camperdown police station and no arrest has been made at this stage,” he said. 

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