Wednesday, 22 November 2006

Elderly couple hijacked, beaten

Nick Cornelius, 80, in his blood-stained clothes after being hijacked and assaulted in Midrand. (Beeld)
21/11/2006 09:17 - (SA)

Marlise Scheepers, Beeld

Pretoria - An elderly delivery contractor for Beeld and his wife were hijacked and assaulted while delivering newspapers in Vorna Valley, Midrand early on Monday morning.

Nick Cornelius, 80, and his wife, Lynette, 56, had stopped at a complex in Van Heerden Road when three suspects in a vehicle stopped behind them.

According to Jacobus Waardhuizen, Mrs Cornelius's son, the three men pulled the couple out of their vehicle and assaulted them.

"They hit my mother and stepfather over the head with such force with a rifle that the magazine fell out. They threw my stepfather on the ground and jumped on his chest," said Waardhuizen.

"One of the men put a bottle of beer he had with him on the ground before they left in my parents' brand new Toyota Tazz," he said.

"A woman who lives in the complex heard my mother's screams and called the police."

Cornelius and his wife were taken to Tembisa Hospital where they were treated for their injuries.

They were discharged on Monday morning and were recuperating at their home in Newlands, Johannesburg.


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