March 05 2007 at 12:08AM
Three prison warders assaulted an 82-year-old woman on a farm in Bultfontein, Free State police said on Sunday.
Superintendent Susan Moseki said the woman was attacked at her Sonerville farm at about 7am on Saturday.
"Berta Greyling was attacked shortly after her husband had left to go visit the doctor," said Moseki.
The three men - warders from the Modderbee Prison - allegedly gained access to the house via the kitchen door and proceeded to kick and punch the elderly woman.
While the assault was taking place, an alarm in the house went off, triggering the attention of a neighbour who then came to investigate.
Moseki said that upon hearing the alarm, the men fled in a Volkswagen Polo Playa.
"The neighbour took the woman to a nearby hospital, where she was later discharged," said Moseki.
Police launched a search for the three, who were arrested on a road in Bultfontein.
"They each face a charge of attempted murder," said Moseki. - Sapa