Skeerpoort farm attack

Hennie Eksteen (73) sustained ear and head injuries, but is in a satisfactory condition in the George Mokhari Hospital in Ga-Rankuwa, his wife Etna (71) told the Kormorant today.

The family was already asleep around 23:00 when their daughter, Isabel (43), woke up from a noise at her bedroom window. “Isabel could hear it was not the cat and asked who was at the window. The man, who had already opened the window and shone a flashlight inside, told her he wanted money or he will shoot her. She told him she did not have money and he shot at her, hitting the wall just above her head,” Etna said.

Isabel yelled to her father “Dad, dad, help, they are shooting at me!” “Hennie ran to Isabel’s room and when he entered, he heard that the intruder was getting ready to shoot again. He ducked as the man started firing shots. One of the bullets of a .22 pistol hit the frame of a cupboard and ricocheted, hitting Hennie behind the ear. The man kept on shooting,” she said.

In the meantime, Isabel had activated the alarm and Etna had phoned a neighbour for help.

“Isabel then took a slipper with a sturdy sole and threw it at the shooter. It hit the window close to him and he fled.”

The neighbour arrived minutes later, as did the police and the Oostermoed security company with a tracker dog. “They followed the suspect’s tracks all the way to a chicken farm in Skeerpoort where they lost it.”

Hennie has sustained a brain haemorrhage behind the ear, a cracked skull and burst eardrum.

“He was extremely fortunate and the doctors at George Mokhari Hospital are excellent. We expect him to be released from hospital soon. We cannot thank our brave neighbour, who responded so quickly, enough.”

Cases of attempted murder and attempted robbery have been opened by the Hartbeespoort police.

No arrests have been made yet.

  AUTHOR
Daleen van Manen
Journalist

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