Elderly couple attacked by armed robbers

The relevant authorities at the scene.

An elderly couple are fortunate to be alive after they were allegedly attacked by armed robbers on Tuesday night at their house in Inanda, Verulam.

The 75-year-old grandfather and his 70-year-old wife, who live near the KP Naicker store in the Inanda Tea Estate, were attacked by three men wielding weapons on Tuesday night at about 6:30pm. According to the traumatised grandmother, she noticed an unknown man entering her home through the main door whilst she was indoors. She alleged that she then ran into the bedroom where the suspect attacked her and throttled her while demanding money and valuables. Unbeknown to her, two suspects allegedly attempted to strangle her husband inside the chicken pen on the property.

The victim receiving medical attention.

The victim receiving medical attention.

Speaking to the Tongaat and Verulam Sun, head of local security company, Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA), Prem Balram said that if it was not for the quick-thinking grandmother, who pressed the emergency panic alarm, the situation could have been much worse. “The visibly shaken gran alleged that the suspect who confronted her then forced her to open a safe and removed an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect then stabbed the aged victim on her hand and requested more cash. It was at this point that she pressed the panic button while removing a bag of cash. The suspect fled upon hearing the alarm siren and left an undisclosed amount of cash made up of notes and coins on the bed,” he added.

The valuables which the suspect wanted to steal.

The valuables which the suspect wanted to steal.

Balram said that the elderly woman then ran outdoors to seek help from her husband and found him lying unconscious in the chicken pen. “She screamed for help and her 14-year-old granddaughter contacted Reaction Unit South Africa saying that her grandparents had been attacked. Reaction officers and RUSA paramedics were despatched to the house in Inanda and upon arrival found an elderly victim bleeding from his mouth and 70-year-old woman with an open wound to her hand. Both victims were stabilised and rushed to a government hospital,” said Balram.

The suspects fled with an undisclosed amount of cash and left the grandfather for dead. Balram added that RUSA officers searched the area extensively for the three suspects after receiving a description from the victim. No arrests have been made. Police are investigating a case of house robbery. “It is distressing that elderly people are subjected to such despicable offences by brazen criminals who are ruthless enough to attack them and even snuff out their lives without a second thought. The injured couple are lucky to be alive and sadly, due to this vile incident they are burdened with carrying the emotional and physical scars of their horror attack in their twilight years. RUSA officers are on high alert and are on the lookout for the runaway suspects. Elderly residents are urged to be alert at all times and report suspicious activities to the relevant personnel. Family members are urged to regularly keep an eye on aged residents who are keen on maintaining their independence by living on their own in their senior years,” Balram said.

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