Elderly Western Cape farm couple robbed of firearms, wine

2015-12-30 14:00
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Cape Town – An 80-year-old farmer is recovering in hospital after he and his 78-year-old wife were attacked on their Villiersdorp farm in the Western Cape on Wednesday, police said.

The farmer, Danie du Toit, was robbed of five firearms, wine, a television set and jewellery after four unidentified males gained entry to his farm at around 01:00, police said.

The man was tied up with electrical cords and assaulted with a rifle, while his wife, Martie, was tied up with shoelaces and covered with a blanket.

The 78-year-old woman raised the alarm after she managed to loosen the laces.

She called her son, a doctor who lives in the area, who ran to their rescue.

The African National Congress in the Western Cape said the 80-year-old man was in hospital undergoing tests.

The robbers broke the butt of a rifle on his head, the party said in a statement.

Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said it was not clear how the robbers managed to flee the scene.

Police have opened a case of house robbery.

No arrests have been made so far.

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