Harlow couple stabbed on holiday in South Africa

Crime / Wed 17th Jan 2018 at 08:06am

Table Mountain

AN elderly British couple from Harlow have been stabbed and robbed while on a hiking holiday in South Africa.

Don and Yvonne Cormack were knifed on Table Mountain, in the city of Cape Town, Western Cape province, south-western South Africa reports a newspaper.

Don, 71, has been left in hospital after being stabbed nine times by the robbers on the Silvermine hiking trail near the picturesque Kalk Bay.

Yvonne, 67, tried to protect her husband from the two knifemen and was also stabbed.

The couple had been with a group of seven other hikers when they were attacked on Saturday.

Yvonne said: “We were walking and the guys came running at us with knives.

“They first attacked one of the women, who was standing on a rock taking photos.

“Then they told us to throw our phones and bags to the ground.

“Next they started attacking my husband Don, who they stabbed nine times all over his body.

“I took a stick and started hitting at the robber then he started stabbing me too.”

Don, who spends the British winter months in Cape Town where it is its summer, has now been released from hospital but will require further surgery to his right hand because of tendon damage.

He has now been interviewed by police and has identified one of the robbers after viewing a selection of mugshots.

The leader of the hiking group, who is an experienced guide, is in intensive care after he was hit over the head with a rock.

The body responsible for tackling crime on Table Mountain, SANParks, moved to reassure visitors to the national park.

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