A couple was held at gunpoint, pistol whipped and threatened with being shot dead during a 30-minute attack at their secluded home.
The couple held at gunpoint by raiders escape after wife fakes a heart attack
Lesley Eaton, left, faked a heart attack while her husband, Graham, was being subjected to a baseball bat attack.
The robbers only escaped from the converted two-storey barn after Lesley Eaton faked a heart attack while her husband, Graham, was being subjected to a baseball bat attack.
The three balaclava-clad men, described as “cowards” by Mr Eaton, escaped with about £1,000 in cash, some cheques, and several family Christmas presents.
During the burglary, Mr Eaton, 54, was hit around the legs with the baseball bat and was tied up with the cord of a hairdryer.
His wife, also 54, had a knife held to her throat, and the butt of a pistol smashed into her left eye.
The couple, who run a successful horticultural business, were convinced they would be tortured and killed during the raid at their £750,000 home in Ashington, near Wimborne, Dorset.
The Eatons, who have two grown-up children, suffered black-eyes and injuries to their legs and their heads.
Mr Eaton said: “I can look after myself but I will never forgive them for what they did to my wife. I just want to get revenge for that and want to meet them man to man and see what they are really made of. I would kill them and I have told police that.”
The Eatons were watching television at their home when the raiders confronted them at 10.40pm on Friday.
Mr Eaton said: “The men were swearing and shouting ‘give us your money’.
“They were dressed from head to foot in black and kept shouting but I said we didn’t have any money.
“I was hit over the head with their gun and they began hitting me in the legs with a baseball bat.
“I didn’t feel the pain at the time as the adrenaline was pumping but I did think he was going to break my legs.
“Then one said: ‘that will heal but everything we do from now on won’t heal’ – he then kept saying he would shoot me.”
Meanwhile Mrs Eaton was taken to another room where she could hear her husband being beaten.
She said: “I was frightened as I didn’t know what they were going to do to him then suddenly one of the men came up and held a knife to my throat.
She added: “I had a gun pushed into my eye and then pointed at my head. I thought they were going to pull the trigger – I thought I was going to die.”
Mrs Eaton then faked a heart-attack and rolled herself on to the floor.
Her husband said: “Lesley started to make out that she wasn’t breathing properly so I caught on and said she had a heart condition. She rolled off her seat and curled up on the floor so I shouted that we would have to get an ambulance.”
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