Owner of Hillcrest Berry Orchards Stabbed, Wife Kidnapped

Picture: Hillcrest Berries

The Groot Drakenstein police are investigating a case of house robbery, attempted murder and kidnapping after an incident occurred on Friday morning at the well-known Hillcrest Berry Orchards outside Stellenbosch.

At around 7.20 am on Friday, three suspects armed with knives and sticks allegedly entered the house on the Hillcrest Berry Farm. They allegedly stabbed the owner of the farm, Raymond O’Grady, and kidnapped his wife, Betty – the couple is in their 70s. Raymond is currently in the intensive-care unit of a Stellenbosch hospital.

Western Cape police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana confirmed the attack saying: ’’Groot Drakenstein police are investigating cases of house robbery, attempted murder, and kidnapping following an incident that occurred this morning at a farm in Banghoek Road, Groot Drakenstein. According to information, the victims, in their 70s, were sleeping when three suspects, who were armed with knives and sticks, entered the house.”

Rwexana said the suspects stabbed the man multiple times and kidnapped the wife. According to the report, they drove with her in the victim’s Toyota LDV and dropped her in Kayamandi, Stellenbosch, with no injuries.

According to reports, CCTV footage had picked up the registration number of Betty’s vehicle, which led to security guards being deployed.

The suspects reportedly suspected they were being followed and ordered Betty to make a U-turn and drive to Kayamandi, where they jumped out. She then drove back to the farm.

Police are combing the scene for clues with no arrests at this stage.