Robbers blind businessman with acid

2012-11-16 08:37
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Pretoria - A Pretoria businessman has been left blinded after a robber threw 5 litres of acid all over him.

Martin Coetzee, 49, told Beeld that if he doesn’t regain his sight in a year’s time, he will get a cornea transplant.

Coetzee said police had still not visited him to take a statement from him following the robbery on Saturday October 13 at his place of business in Silverton.

Coetzee said he recognised the robbers as employees.

Coetzee was the production manager at The Dairy Shop and went to work that Saturday when he felt someone pushing the door shut.

“I used force to open the door. I saw a man was hitting the woman who handled the money. At the desk two 5 litre tins of acid had already been opened.”

Coetzee went inside to hear what was going on when he was pushed down by a man who threw acid at him as he got up.

The robbers fled empty-handed and Coetzee ran for the nearest hose pipe to wash the acid from his face.

A police spokesperson said Coetzee’s statement had not yet been taken as the investigative officer had been on leave and then had to attend court cases.

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