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87-year-old paralysed woman severely assaulted and robbed in her Port Elizabeth home

Dec 5, 2018
87-year-old paralysed woman severely assaulted and robbed in her Port Elizabeth home

Police in Port Elizabeth are appealing for help with information that can help them track drown suspects, who allegedly severely assaulted a paralysed 87-year-old woman during a house robbery at her Rula Street home in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, on Tuesday.

"At about 12:00, the victim's caregiver left the house to go buy a few things at the shop," explained police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge.

"On her return, at about 12:40, she discovered the 87-year-old victim severely assaulted in her face and body while sleeping in her bed.

"It is alleged that the security gate was closed, but not locked and that an unknown number of suspects gained entry into the house and assaulted the victim demanding money."

Capt Beetge said that the woman's purse, containing an undisclosed amount of cash and bank cards, was then taken by the suspects before they fled from the house.

Help police find suspects responsible for assaulting and robbing 87-year-old woman

"Police are urging any person that might be able to assist police with this investigation to please contact the Motherwell Cluster Serious Violent Crime Unit, detective Captain Jerome Mackay at 071 475 2015."

He added that police would also wish to urge community to double check their security gates that they are locked when leaving home.

"Crimes committed against the elderly should be seen as crimes committed against the whole community," said Motherwell SAPS Cluster Commander, Major General Dawie Rabie.

General Rabie added that; "The safety and protection of our elderly are not only in the hands of caregivers and family, but also everybody in the neighbourhood and community.

"We are currently still in the 16 Days of Activism of No Violence Against Women and Children awareness period, which also includes the safety and security of the elderly. We are calling on our community to take care of the elderly and where crimes are committed against them, assist the SAPS in identifying the culprits responsible for these crimes."

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