13/04/2006 08:07 - (SA)
Danel Blaauw , Die Volksblad
Bloemfontein - An elderly Free State couple were attacked with hammers and bricks on Wednesday in one of several farm attacks that have flared up countrywide.
Blood splattered on walls, carpets, bed linen and matresses bore testimony to the gruesome attack on a smallholding at Bloemspruit outside Bloemfontein.
Dentures found in a pool of blood and a brick nearby formed part of the scene.
Four of the five dogs belonging to Ivan Jacobs, 72, and Gwendoline Jacobs, 56, were apparently poisoned just minutes before they were attacked.
A young male boerboel was the only dog who survived the attack on the smallholding in Station Street.
Fanie Jacobs, Gwendoline's son from Bloemfontein, said Ivan Jacobs had been overpowered after going to check why the dogs weren't making their usual racket.
Police spokesperson captain Elsa Gerber said the attackers had cut a hole in the fence before allegedly poisoning the dogs. Three men apparently waited for Jacobs and overpowered him when he left the house.
'A lot of blood'
He was hit over the head from behind with a hammer and a brick, before being forced back inside the house, where they continued to assault him, said Gerber.
"Take photographs and show the public what is going on here," said Jacobs jnr. "I was part of the public, until my parents became part of the statistics."
Gwendoline called her son between 08:50 and 09:30. "She just said she'd been attacked and that there was a lot of blood."
It was the first time they were attacked in the ten years they'd been living here. "My mother can't remember anything about the attack. Ivan was beaten on the knee, hip, and body with a hammer. I think he was also stabbed with a knife.
"Both were attacked from behind and beaten," he said.
The three robbers fled with a Nokia cellphone and a .38 Special revolver. They left in Gwendoline's red Ford Laser, registration number BHC 105 FS.
The serious violent crime unit, dog unit, flying squad, Bloemspruit police station and the criminial record centre combed the area for clues on Wednesday morning.
Suspects still at large
The acting commander for the serious violent crime unit, captain Francois Laux, said they'd found the abandoned vehicle in Phase 6, Bloemspruit about 16:00. "Witnesses saw the men get out of the car carrying parcels."
Elke de Witt, spokesperson for the health department, said Gwendoline had been discharged from Pelonomi hospital late on Wednesday afternoon.
She'd been treated for injuries to the head, shock and bruises.
Ivan was being treated for head injuries.
De Witt said he was conscious. His condition was serious but stable.
The suspects are still at large.