‘Ex-employee’ breaks into pensioner’s home

Brackenfell detectives are investigating after the home of a 73-year-old man was broken into, allegedly by his ex-employee.

A 73-year-old pensioner’s Protea Heights home was broken into, allegedly by a former employee, who attempted to stab him with a pair of scissors before tying him up with shoe laces.

The incident took place in Vergenoegd Street in Protea Heights on Monday June 7, Brackenfell police spokesperson Captain Erica Crous said.

The elderly man had gone to the back of his house and when the old man made his way back to the lounge, said Captain Crous, he noticed a man behind him and whom he recognised as someone who previously worked in his garden.

“The suspect started fighting with the complainant. He attempted to stab him with a scissors, but the complainant fought back.

“They ended up in the bedroom where the suspect tied the complainant’s hands with shoelaces.”

The suspect then took the pensioner’s watch and wedding ring and fled the scene on foot.

No arrests have been made.

Brackenfell station commander Colonel Jakobus Marthinus said the case highlights the need for residents to keep a proper record of their employees in the event of similar incidents.

“I know many feel that it is too much trouble but in our day and age we all need to do be extra cautious.

“Also refrain from taking any person that comes knocking on your door or standing on the side of the road into your employ without proper research,” he said.