31/10/2006 21:52 - (SA)
Pietermaritzburg - After an elderly woman shot and lightly wounded a robber in her home she was so badly beaten, stabbed and kicked that she had to have neuro-surgery, Pietermaritzburg High Court was told on Tuesday.
Allanah Valentine, of Hilton, near Pietermaritzburg, told the court that the man she had wounded and an accomplice robbed her of watches, rings, a gun, clothing, jewellery, money, semi-precious stones and other items after they broke in about 23:00 on August 29 last year.
She said that the assaults left her semi-conscious at times during the hour they were in her home.
The robbery and assaults took place while she was alone as her husband had gone to attend to an alarm raised at his factory.
Bongani Ndlovu, 21, and Kansas Madlala, 23, of Sweetwaters, near Hilton, pleaded not guilty to the charge of aggravated robbery.
Shot at robber
They tendered alibi defences, saying they were elsewhere at the time.
Valentine said that while her husband was away her dogs barked loudly and she fetched a revolver from her bedside.
A robber confronted her and she shot at him, the bullet grazed his stomach.
She and the wounded man fought for the firearm and the other robber hit her on the head, dazing her.
They kicked, stabbed and hit her while dragging her around the house and demanding money. She showed them a purse and they took the money.
They saw a safe in the office of the house and demanded that she open it and they took money from it.
They ransacked the house, taking items of value.
Lowered their trousers
In February this year, Valentine was called to Hilton police station to identify goods which had been stolen.
She also identified the two accused at an identity parade from a line-up of 14 men.
She identified the man she had wounded when those in the line-up were asked to lower their trousers.
The suspect she shot had a badly healed wound on his stomach, she said.
The case continues.