May 28 2007 at 08:43AM
A 76-year-old Richmond man, Douglas Creighton-Jones, was admitted to hospital in a stable condition on Sunday morning after suffering injuries to his forehead, face and arm when he surprised two intruders in his home.
South African Police Service spokesperson Joshua Gwala said that a "blunt object" could have been used to inflict the injuries on Creighton-Jones.
He said the elderly man had returned to his home - situated on Aloe Corner farm in Richmond - at about 10am after visiting the local police station to report a break-in at his shed, when the incident happened.
"When he entered the house he was confronted by two men who had got inside while he was out at the police station. They forced open a bedroom window to gain entry," said Gwala.
He said the intruders had attacked Creighton-Jones, leaving him lying injured on the kitchen floor.
The house had been ransacked, but it was not immediately apparent whether anything was missing.
The injured man had eventually managed to telephone his son, Chris, for help. Creighton-Jones's wife had been attending a church service when he was attacked.
Police had not yet made any arrests.
This article was originally published on page 4 of The Mercury on May 28, 2007