An elderly couple were attacked and the 80-year-old husband brutally beaten at their home on a farm in Misty Ridge in Upper Tongaat in the early hours of Sunday morning.
”The intruders kicked down the front door. They first went into the office then headed to the house to get the key for the safe, which is in the office. They then made they way to the main bedroom” said the couple’s son, Dave Shepherd.
Their dog started to bark and alerted the elderly woman, Joy Shepherd.
“I walked out to the gate and saw them standing there. I asked what they wanted and they said, ‘mali’ (money),” said Joy.
“I did not know what to do, so I grabbed a stick and poked them with it through the gate.”
Joy said it was not long before they broke the bolts off the gate and entered the house and headed towards the main bedroom.
“I started to scream and my husband heard me. We sleep in separate bedrooms and he came into the hallway thinking that I was in trouble and that these men were there to help me. He did not think that they were intruders until they turned on him and brutally beat him up.”
Joy ran into her room and the intruders followed her. She locked herself in the cupboard and used her cellphone to call for help.
Her husband, Simon Shepherd, was beaten with a cane knife and suffered multiple injuries including five broken ribs, a gash to his head and deep cuts. The skin on one of his hands and arm was ripped off.
“While beating him up, they kept saying that they want the key to the safe but they wouldn’t stop to allow him to give the key to them. It was almost as if they enjoyed it.”
The robbers took R3000, a pistol and a cellphone.
The couple, who have lived on the farm for 50 years, plan to relocate. Although Simon is in a stable condition, the road to recovery will be a long one according to Dave.
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