October 08 2004 at 10:07AM
An elderly farmer's wife in Somerset West in the Western Cape has single-handedly fought off six armed robbers under fire.
The men surprised the couple while they were watching television, wounded the farmer and shot at his wife, but she fired back, putting them to flight.
The woman, 65, was treated for shock and discharged, but her husband, 68, remained in hospital, Somerset West police spokesperson Anneke van der Vywer said on Thursday night.
The farmer was shot in the thigh and stomach To protect the couple, they and the hospital would not be named as no one had been arrested yet, she said.
"The farmer and his wife were sitting in their TV room on Wednesday night when six men appeared at the window and fired two shots," Helderberg police superintendent Mike Reitz said.
"The woman ran to the upstairs bedroom and locked the door. The intruders meanwhile gained access to the house and robbed the injured farmer of money he had in his wallet.
"The men went upstairs and fired several shots through the door. They fled when the farmer's wife returned fire from inside."
The couple called the police. It is not known how much money was taken.
The police's serious and violent crime unit has appealed for information to help them find the attackers.
Anyone with information should call investigating officer Ninette van der Merwe at 021 935 9600 or 082 780 5747. Calls may also be made in confidence to CrimeStop, 08600 10111.