2 WOMEN ASSAULTED, ROBBED

TWO elderly women were assaulted during a robbery on their farm in Hilton near Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal police said yesterday.

TWO elderly women were assaulted during a robbery on their farm in Hilton near Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal police said yesterday.

At 4am on Saturday morning, Julia Braine, 62, awoke to find four men standing over her bed, two of them brandishing knives, said Senior Superintendent Harry Budhram.

They dragged Braine from her bed and demanded cash and firearms, which she told them she didn't have.

They hit her in the face and dragged her outside where they continued beating her.

Two of the men went back into the house and Braine was able to run to a neighbour's home where she called the police.

A second woman in the house, Rosaline Posel, 73, was awoken by the commotion and found two robbers in the kitchen.

"The men demanded money from her and she also told them she had none. This resulted in her being hit in the face by the two men," Budhram said.

The four robbers then began looting the house. During this Posel escaped and hid in the house.

Various electronic goods were stolen as well as Braine's handbag containing R500 in cash and personal documents and bank cards.

Anyone with information about the robbery can contact Detective Constable Thobani Nxele on 033-845-6525 or 072-108-1738. - Sapa

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