Seriously injured farm attack victims tied up and left for dead

Seriously injured farm attack victims tied up and left for dead

Two men were lying tied up and bleeding in their home for almost a day after they were overpowered and assaulted by two attackers on a Free State smallholding.

Const. Mosili Ntsika, police spokesperson, said Conrad Groenewald (78) and Conrad Bezuidenhout (66) were attacked by two assailants Wednesday June 10, 2015 on a smallholding about 6 km outside Jacobsdal.

“The men were hit with objects on the head and sustained serious head injuries,” Ntsika said. “The attackers fled in a white 1400 Nissan bakkie, a firearm and tools.”

One of the victims was eventually able to untie himself on Thursday at 16:00 and called for help. According to Chitra Bodasing, ER24 spokesperson, Bezuidenhout and Groenewald were rushed to Kimberley provincial hospital.

“We still do not know what happened, because when the investigating team visited the men in hospital, they were unable to speak. They were really in a very bad state, because they have lost a lot of blood,” Ntsika said.

According to Gerrie Botha, safety risk analyst at Free State Agriculture, only one of the men is living on the smallholding. The other man was apparently a friend who stayed over for the night.

Ntsika said a case of burglary, assault and theft is being investigated.

The bakkie was found abandoned near Modderrivier, but no suspects have been arrested.

Source – Maroela Media

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