Tuesday, 1 December 2009

New Richmond attacks

November 30 2009 at 01:50PM

By Daily News Reporter

A couple was attacked on a farm in Richmond, near Pietermaritzburg, this morning in a second such attack in as many days.

Netcare 911 spokesman Jeff Wicks, said that the man and woman said they were confronted by men in their home.

"They recounted how they ran up the stairs to the second floor bedroom of the home and barricaded themselves inside," he said.

Wicks said it was believed that their assailants fired several shots through the closed door before fleeing.

In another incident Anthony Morris, 65, and his wife Carol, 64, were seriously injured when three men accosted and assaulted them on Maywood Farm on the R56 near Richmond in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Police said the Morris's were forced into a bedroom where they were bound and gagged before they were beaten by robbers using the butts of their handguns.

The men demanded keys for a safe, which the couple gave them and they took an undisclosed amount of money and three guns.

The couple sustained serious facial trauma and were in a serious but stable condition in a Pietermaritzburg hospital.

Police have opened a case of armed robbery.

On Saturday morning, two suspects were arrested for the murder of Dr Warwick Dorning.

Dorning was shot by three armed men at his farm, Adamshurst, on November 7.

The suspects fled the scene with items stolen from the house.

Police spokeswoman, Director Phindile Radebe, said police followed up on information that led them to a house in the Cramond area just outside Pietermaritzburg.

"The house was surrounded. Shots were fired at the police... they returned fire and one suspect was fatally wounded while two surrendered and were arrested. They were charged with murder and armed robbery," she said.

Radebe said three firearms and two cellphones were recovered from the suspects.

"These suspects were positively linked with three other farm attack cases.

"The team also arrested a police inspector from Howick after he was found in possession of certain items belonging to Dorning's family."

He will be charged with possession of stolen property.

All three suspects aged between 21 and 26 years are due to appear in the Howick Magistrate's Court today.

This article was originally published on page 3 of Daily News on November 30, 2009


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