Three injured after armed farm attackers hit owl sanctuary in Hartbeespoort

“The robbers, armed with firearms and knives, first broke into the chalet of one our staff members, Brendan Hasting, and by the time he woke up, the robbers were on him. He fought back and managed to overpower one, hitting him with a broom. This allowed him to get away, and he screamed for help,” said Brendan Murray, founder of the Owl Rescue Centre, situated on a farm in Bokfontein.

The robbers ran to two more chalets, attacking more staff members. “They threw knives and rocks at them and then fired a number of shots. Two of the staff members were beaten up. The robbers fled with laptops and cellphones.”

Hastings sustained a knife wound in the chest and the other staff members sustained light cuts and bruises.

“Luckily no-one was seriously injured. Neighbouring farmers and the members from the community policing forum were on the scene within minutes of the attack after assistance was asked via the emergency Whatsapp group. We want to thank them for the quick response and willingness to help,” Brendan said.

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Daleen van Manen
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