Three survive attack at home

2016-04-25 10:00
Police cordoned off the area in which the incident took place, in Mountain Rise.

Police cordoned off the area in which the incident took place, in Mountain Rise. (Amil Umraw)

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Pietermaritzburg - An elderly couple and their daughter managed to fend off attackers during a home invasion in Lincoln Meade on Friday afternoon.

At around 2 pm, Sheila Richards (74) and her fiancé Terence Gray (65) were at home when they heard Richards’s daughter, Anthea van Rensburg (50), scream after seeing two men breaking into their property.

“My fiancé and I ran to see what was happening. One of the men managed to gain access into our kitchen and, armed with a pitchfork, I tried to stop the other man from coming inside. One of the men was carrying a knobkerrie while the other had a paint-scraper attached to a pole,” she said.

A tussle between one of the suspects and Gray ensued in the home, while the assailant threw household utensils and other sharp objects at Gray and Van Rensburg.

“My fiancé managed to stab one of the men with a knife while I was trying to prevent the other from entering the kitchen,” Richards said.

The men managed to make off with a laptop, three cellphones, Van Rensburg’s handbag and a car belonging to the family.

When The Witness spoke to Richards yesterday, she said that the family was still shaken by the incident.

“Both of the men were very aggressive. They were determined and looked as though they came to do damage.

“We are just happy to be alive. My fiancé was the hero in the whole ordeal. If it wasn’t for him I don’t know if we would still be alive today,” she said.

Richards said she was still very fearful to be at home alone, saying she was paranoid that the attackers would try to enter the home again to exact revenge.

Richards and her daughter managed to escape the ordeal unscathed. However, she said that yesterday Gray was still in hospital being treated for a broken ankle, a deep cut on his left arm and other abrasions to his body.

Netcare911 spokesperson Chris Botha said paramedics raced to the scene of the incident.

“Paramedics from Netcare 911 and other services arrived at the scene and found the man to be in a serious condition. The patient was stabilised before they transported him to a nearby hospital for the care that he required,” Botha said.

The suspects fled the scene by ramming the vehicle they had stolen through the family’s gate. Police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese was approached for comment but did not respond at the time of going to print.

The couple have laid charges with police.

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