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Robbery leaves elderly woman in critical condition

Police are searching for robbers who attacked an elderly woman in her home in Sedgefield. The...

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The 80-year-old was stabbed several times in the early hours of Monday morning.

The woman is in a critical condition in hospital and police said the robbers made off with her cell phone and jewelry.

The police’s Malcolm Poje said the case would be difficult investigate as they did not have a description of the thieves.

“The lady was staying alone at the premises. We’re waiting for her condition to improve, so to get information as to what happened to the investigating officer. She’s still in a critical condition,” said Poje.

Meanwhile, the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation on Monday said violent crimes in small towns such as Sedgefield was virtually unheard of.

Police added Monday morning’s incident was isolated.

The centre’s David Bruce said aggravated robberies were common in metropolitan areas like <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><state w:st="on">Gauteng and the <state w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Western Cape.

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