Friday, 20 May 2005

Men tried to shoot farmer 3x

20/05/2005 09:51 - (SA)

Cindy Preller, Die Burger

Jeffrey's Bay - "The robbers tried three times to shoot my father, but each time the shots did not go off."

This is according to Hennie Theron who was the first on the scene after armed robbers attacked his father, mother and grandmother on their farm outside Jeffrey's Bay on Wednesday evening.

Theron said the robbers gave up on the gun and decided rather to hit his 59-year-old farther, Fanie, with a hammer in the face.

Theron said the four robbers, who were armed with two guns, a hammer and a club, also assaulted his mother, Ria, 55, and grandmother, Hetta, 87.

The visibly shocked Therons could not speak to the media on Thursday as they were still badly traumatised by the events of the previous evening.

Inspector Marianette Olivier, police spokesperson, said the four armed robbers gained access to the farmstead in an unknown manner at about 20:30 on Wednesday night.

"They threatened the man with a gun and searched the house for money. They stole a cellphone and an undisclosed amount of cash that was in the bedroom," Olivier said.

The Theron family farms with cattle on their farm, Die Erf. Hennie Theron said the robbers made off with more than R60 000 that his father was set to hand over to their lawyers on Thursday.

Mrs Theron, who was tied up by the robbers, managed to untie herself and pressed the alarm's panic button which caused the robbers to flee. Shortly after, Mr Theron phoned Hennie, who lives in Jeffrey's Bay.

"The police arrived at the house in a short time and did very good work," Theron said.

A doctor in the town treated the Therons for their injuries and shock.


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