Trafalgar bloodshed

2012-12-14 00:00

A RETIRED couple are in a critical condition after being bludgeoned in their Trafalgar luxury home and paint was poured over them late on Wednesday.

They were left for dead.

Their lives were probably saved by their tenant, Andrew Hiscox (55), who suspected that something was wrong yesterday morning.

Hiscox said that when he came home on Wednesday evening he noticed that the garage doors and windows were open.

When he left for work yesterday morning everything was still unlocked and looked the same.

He said he became suspicious and phoned the couple’s only son, Oscar Gey van Pittius jnr, who came immediately and called paramedics and the police.

Netcare 911 were first on the scene at 7 am yesterday to find Frieda Gey van Pittius (79) and her husband Oscar (81) in a “shocking condition”.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said the couple had been beaten repeatedly with a blunt object and had paint all over their bodies.

“Reports indicated that they sustained the injuries on Wednesday and they were left the whole night before being found. Paramedics stabilised them on the scene before taking them to Netcare Margate Hospital,” said Botha.

When The Witness attempted to speak to the couple’s son late yesterday afternoon, he was with his father in the hospital’s intensive care unit. His mother is in a critical condition. He declined to comment.

Hiscox, an attack victim himself, said: “I am just glad I noticed something was wrong this morning, otherwise they may not have been found in time.

“This makes me feel sick with worry.”

He was attacked at his sister’s house in the same area three months ago and sustained a knife wound on his arm.

Apparently the Van Pittius couple left Gauteng about 12 years ago to retire in Trafalgar.

Hiscox has been their tenant since they have lived there.

He described Frieda as a “sickly and frail lady” and said he couldn’t imagine that anyone would want to hurt such an obviously elderly couple.

The head of the Trafalgar Ratepayers’ Association, Andre van Rensburg, came to the home yesterday. He said he felt desperate. “We have done our best in Trafalgar to prevent crime. We have surveillance cameras at strategic points, with one at a certain point encased in steel so it can’t just be cut anymore. Nothing was picked up on the camera. In total we have three in our area, but still terrible things like this happen. We are deeply saddened because things in this country are just getting worse and it seems there is nothing we can do to protect our elderly.”

A spokesperson at Margate Netcare Hospital confirmed last night that Van Pittius was in ICU and that his wife was in the surgical ward.



POLICE have given safety tips to the elderly following the recent attack on a Trafaldar couple.

Spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Zandra Wiid said elderly people should not live alone and if they did it was advisable for friends or family members to pay unexpected visits to scare off potential attackers.

Apart from the usual safety precautions at home such as burglar guards, safety gates and alarms, elderly people should not walk alone in deserted places or in the dark.

They should always be on the look- out for suspicious persons loitering in the area.

Wiid said if there was a slightest suspicion that something was “out of place” when leaving or arriving at their place of residence, rather contact someone to investigate than go in alone.

When employing a person, Wiid said it was important to obtain full particulars of the person and leave the details with someone and if a person could not provide proper identification, they should not be employed as these people could turn out to be criminals.

Vulnerable people should never carry large amounts of money or valuable items when walking in the street alone, said Wiid.

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