April 12 2006 at 09:29PM
A 75-year-old man and a woman suffered serious head injuries in an attack on their Bloemspruit smallholding, outside Bloemfontein, police said on Wednesday.
Free State spokesperson Captain Elsa Gerber said it appeared Willem Jacobs, 75, and Gwenolene Jacobs, 56, were tortured with a hammer and a brick for an uncertain period of time before 9am on Wednesday.
"Both were taken to the Pelonomi Hospital with serious head injuries and police have been unable to talk to them."
Gwenolene Jacobs is the widow of Willem Jacobs' late brother.
Police also found the bodies of four dogs on the property at Stasie Street, Martindale.
"It looks as if they were poisoned," Gerber said.
Police suspect that after the dogs were poisoned four men cut a hole in the wire fence surrounding the homestead and waited for two people to appear from the house.
Gerber said apparently Jacobs opened the back door to see to his dogs when the attackers overpowered him and forced him back into the house.
She said the woman eventually managed to phone her son at work at about 9am on Wednesday who in turn phoned the police.
Police said the attackers took off with the woman's 1995 red Ford Lazer, registration number BHC105FS, and a revolver. - Sapa