Pietermaritzburg - A farmer, Simon Shepherd (79), was admitted to intensive care in hospital after panga -wielding men attacked him and his wife, Joy (78), on their farm in Tongaat in the early hours of Sunday morning.Shepherd was hacked on his arm and head; his wife sustained bruising while trying to escape the attackers. A post on the SA Rural Security Facebook page detailed the incident: “The wife, aged 78 years [who] was asleep the main room, heard noises and locked her bedroom door and gate. The door then flung open. She saw both males at her door. She then took her walking stick and began poking them on their stomach when they pulled the stick. She then put the light off and ran into an interleading room and locked herself in. She began phoning for help,.”It is also believed that during this time Shepherd managed to brandish a firearm, which malfunctioned during the melee. He was then attacked by the suspects who stole his firearm before fleeing. Shepherd was rushed to hospital after the incident and was still reportedly in ICU late yesterday.In an e-mail to The Witness a relative of the couple said: “ … as you can imagine everything is a bit hectic this side, the farm attack was absolutely horrific and we still battling to come to terms with it”.Police spokesperson Thulani Zwane confirmed the incident. He said a case of robbery was opened at Umhlali police station and they are investigating.