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Durban - An elderly couple have been attacked and robbed in their Cowies Hill, Durban, home twice in two months.
In January, Terry McDonald, 77, and his wife, Jenny, 72, were sleeping when five men stormed their home at 3am. The men threatened to cut off Jenny’s fingers and made off with jewellery, cash, documents and car keys.
Last week, the two were again accosted by robbers armed with knives in the early hours.
“Once is bad enough, but twice is just too much,” said a shaken Jenny, who has started taking herbal tranquillisers and sleeping tablets.
The couple were renovating the main bedroom and were sleeping in a guest bedroom last Thursday when the alarm went off at 4am.
“Moscow Hlongwa, who works for us and lives on the premises, was outside and being chased by three men.”
The intruders had ransacked Hlongwa’s quarters and found keys to the house.
“Suddenly they burst through the front door and into the living room,” said McDonald. He ran to his wife and tried to lock the two of them in a bedroom. “But the handle was broken, so I could not lock the door.”
The intruders overpowered him and robbed them of cellphones, car keys and jewellery.
Police spokesman Thulani Zwane said Pinetown police were investigating, but no arrests had been made.