Attackers tie up KZN farm couple

2016-04-12 09:45

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Pietermaritzburg - An elderly couple are nursing bruises to the head and wrists after they were attacked by robbers at their Nottingham Road farm house on Sunday night.

The couple, believed to be in their 70s, were in their bedroom when two armed robbers forced their way into the room and threatened them with firearms.

According to KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Nqobile Gwala, the men demanded cash and “tied up” the couple. Gwala said the men ransacked the house before fleeing with a stolen shotgun, cellphones, cash, clothing and a bakkie.

“A case of house robbery was opened at Nottingham Road for investigation and no arrests have been made,” Gwala said.

In a statement by ER24 yesterday, spokesperson Chitra Bodasing said paramedics were met by police officers at the house, who took them through to the elderly couple who were seated in the lounge.

“It was found that the man and the woman sustained injuries to their heads and bruising to their wrists,” Bodasing said.

It is believed the couple were shaken by the incident. They were able to cut the twine fairly easily and contacted the police and SA CAN who all responded. The couple’s bakkie was also recovered at Mpophomeni.

KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union (Kwanalu) security desk chairperson Koos Marais said the organisation is concerned because Sunday’s incident is the first farm attack this year for the Nottingham Road area.

“Farmers need to take extra precautions and set up more security to safeguard their families and their property,” Marais said. “We also call on the police to increase their visibility in Nottingham Road and hope they leave no stone unturned in finding the culprits.”

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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