Sunday, 20 September 2009

Robbers kill pensioner and injure his wife

September 14 2009 at 11:20AM

By Mogomotsi Magome

A Pretoria pensioner is recovering in hospital from injuries sustained in an armed robbery at her home which claimed the life of her husband.

Herbanus Groenewald, 79, was killed by robbers at his home, while his wife Lea, 77, was also attacked during the ordeal that began at about 1pm at their home in Valhalla on Friday.

The couple, who had been tied up with shoelaces, were found by neighbours.

The attack came two weeks after their home in Holmes Road had been broken into.

Their family is traumatised by the attack and still cannot believe that they have lost their loved one while the other is in hospital.

Leon Groenewald, their son, told the Pretoria News yesterday that his mother had gone into theatre on Saturday and was in a stable condition.

"Her shoulder was dislocated but the doctors managed to fix that yesterday. She will be seeing more specialists tomorrow though," said Leon.

He said they still could not believe what had happened on Friday but were trying to be strong and were making funeral arrangements.

"We are just in a state of disbelief and battling because nobody could have expected what happened," he said.

He said they were still awaiting autopsy results to determine how his father died.

Police suspect that the robbers were occupants of a black VW Golf that was seen driving past the house on several occasions on the day of the robbery.

The suspects made off with a TV set, a video machine and Groenewald's white VW Jetta.

Groenewald was a retired SA Airforce sergeant-major and the couple had been living in their home for 40 years.

This article was originally published on page 3 of Pretoria News on September 14, 2009


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