Two Witbank smallholders survive attack with injuries
Gordon Cooke, shot in neck, Witbank smallholding, 26 Dec 2010 1am, four black attackers, serious condition in hospital – other unnamed smallholder also shot and injured same evening…
Two smallholders shot and injured outside Witbank December 26
Marius Avenant writes on Facebook December 28 2010. PRETORIA, South Africa. “I was in personal contact with Miss Bianca Barrand who lives with her fiance on a smallholding outside Witbank. They were awoken on Sunday Morning 26 December 2010 shortly after 01h00 by intruders who were in the process of gaining access through a bathroom window. Her fiance Mr Gordon Cooke was shot in the neck by one of the two intruders who were already inside. According to Mr Cooke, there were more attackers on the outside – probably two more. His fiancee Ms Barrand hit the panic button and the attackers fled the scene. It is not known whether anything was stolen.The panic alarm was answered by a member of the property owner’s family and the neighbourhood watch and police were quick to react to the call.
Mr Cooke is in the hospital in Pretoria in a serious but stable condition, The bullet is still lodged in his neck and the doctors suspect that he may be paralysed, but will only know for sure once the swelling is down and more scans and tests can be done. According to miss Barrand she was informed this morning, December 28 2010, that there was another attack on a nearby smallholding where an elderly gentleman was also shot in the stomach. More information is not available yet.” Avenant: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001566674423