2007-03-20 : Gang beats up good Samaritan

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2007-03-20 : Gang beats up good Samaritan

Postby GOSA » Wed, 2007-03-28 07:37


Gang beats up good Samaritan

March 20 2007 at 07:40AM

By Janine du Plessis

An elderly Queenswood man was viciously beaten up by five men at his home after trying to do a favour for a "thirsty" man waiting at his gate.

Hennie Pretorius, 69, of Corry Street was attacked at 1pm on Sunday.

Pretorius did not open the gate. Instead, he went to the back of the house to fill up a bottle for the man who claimed to be thirsty. As he was doing so four armed men who had been hiding in the shrubbery attacked him.

They hit Pretorius in the neck with a gun - but he is a qualified judo instructor and retaliated.

But being outnumbered, they started hitting him in the kidneys and eventually wrestled him to the ground.

One of the men grabbed the bunch of keys around his neck and tried to open the door while the other four carried on attacking him.

They demanded that he open the house and kept saying that if he did not do so they would shoot him and gang rape his wife.

Pretorius's wife Lorraine, 70, who witnessed the incident, had gone back inside the house, locked the doors and set off the alarm.

The alarm scared off the suspects. They jumped over the palisade fence taking with them the house keys, the remote control for the gate and the car keys.

Laura-May Eigeman said her parents have been traumatised by the event. "My father is a little bit sore, but very shocked. They are both shaken," said Eigeman. She was allegedly warned by the Villieria police not to tell the media about the incident because there was "no need" . Eigeman said that according to her parents, the police's reaction time was excellent.

This article was originally published on page 2 of Pretoria News on March 20, 2007
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