Wife watches farmer, 80, bleed to death

2013-06-19 09:10

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Port Elizabeth - An Eastern Cape woman has told how she watched her elderly husband bleed to death after an attack by armed men on their farm.

“The wounds bled terribly and I was helplessly watching as they hit my poor husband with a kierie, kicking him and stabbing him,” Coleen Traut, 48,  told Volksblad.

She tried to take a knife from one of the attackers and was stabbed in both hands.

She said she then realised her husband would not survive the attack and felt a sudden calm come over her.

Her elderly husband, Louis Traut, 80, died and she and his two daughters, Mariska, 45, and Louisa, 50, sustained stab wounds and bruising in the attack on Sunday evening.  

The men broke into the Cradock farm on Sunday evening after breaking down a back door.

The armed men wanted money and firearms and stole cellphones. They cut the phone wires before tying up the women and locking them in the house.

They fled in the family’s car.

All three women were said to be severely traumatised by the incident and have been released from hospital following treatment.

Police managed to arrest two suspects and recovered some of the stolen items as well as the car.

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