November 07 2008 at 08:12PM
A farmer was stabbed to death and a robber was shot dead during a robbery at a farm in Coligny on Friday, North West police said.
Three men broke a window at 4am, went straight into the man's bedroom, and stabbed him several times. He died at the scene, said spokesperson Superintendent Lesego Metsi.
His wife, who had been sleeping in a separate bedroom, woke up on hearing the noise. With a gun in her hand, she started firing randomly, hitting one of the robbers. She then ran back to her room, said Metsi.
The woman had hoped that this would scare them. However, they came after her demanding money and the gun.
She managed to run through the back door, after which the robbers took her cellphone, an undisclosed amount of money and a shotgun before running away.
The wounded robber collapsed and died 150m from the house. Next to his body, were the stolen items, including the money. His two accomplices got away.
Metsi said police were investigating the case. - Sapa