Robbery victim (70) despairs: ‘I couldn’t protect my wife’

2013-02-22 00:00

A 70-YEAR-OLD pensioner voiced his despair at being unable to protect his wife when the couple were robbed and assaulted at their quiet home in Cleland yesterday.

Speaking to The Witness just after the incident, the pensioner said he was still in pain after the intruders had thumped him on the chest numerous times.

“It’s still painful, I think my ribs are coming loose,” said the pensioner, holding his chest. He declined to give his name for fear of intimidation by the robbers,

His 67-year-old wife was taken to hospital with minor injuries she had suffered while fighting the robbers.

The robbers removed the gate from its rail to gain access.

The man said he heard his dog barking at around 11 am yesterday, and when he went outside to check what the problem was, he was confronted by the robbers.

“Then a big guy knocked me down in the courtyard.

“He struck me in here [in the chest] and dragged me to the lounge.

“I couldn’t reach the alarm because it was too high.”

The robbers demanded a gun and money.

He said they hauled his wife from the lounge to the bedroom.

He could hear his wife screaming, but was helpless as the attacker was holding him down on the floor.

When he tried to move, they assaulted him.

While in the bedroom, he said his wife tricked the attackers by saying there was “good stuff” in the bathroom.

When they rushed to get the loot they hoped for, she pressed the alarm button. The intruders fled as the alarm sounded.

“My wife was very lucky. She fooled the guy. I’m proud of her, but I’m not proud of myself because I couldn’t protect my own wife.

“When you get to 70, I guess it’s hard.”

The attackers took the TV, cars and house keys, a handbag, and R3 500 in cash.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said that the robbers were believed to be between between 25 to 30 years old, neatly dressed and well spoken.

Anyone with information is asked to call Alexandra Road Detective Services at 033 845 7724 or Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

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