A British woman has been horrifically murdered and her husband left for dead in an attack described as 'pure and hateful and pointless torture'.
The couple were asleep in bed on their farm in South Africa when three men broke in through a window at 2am and tied the terrified Brits up.
The gang, who struck at their home in Dullstroom in Mpualanga province, refused to believe Sue Howarth, 64, and husband Robert Lynn, 66, did not have a safe.
The pair were tied up and attacked with a blowtorch, screaming for help as the men burned them with the weapon at their remote farm 150 miles from Pretoria.
Police said the couple were put through a horrific ordeal lasting several hours, in which they were savagely beaten around the head and burned again and again before they were later both shot.
Eventually the three men bundled the married couple into their own pick up truck, with plastic bags over their heads and tape around their necks.
They were driven off before Sue was shot twice in the head and Robert in the neck, as the thugs dumped the couple by the roadside to die on a mountain pass.
Sue had a plastic bag jammed down her throat and Robert had a bag tied round his neck to strangle him.
But incredibly retired Robert survived the brutal attack and managed to free himself and find his terribly injured wife nearby.
Police said she was unrecognisable from her injuries and was in a coma. Her husband raised the alarm she was rushed to hospital but died 48 hours later.
She had multiple fractures to her her skull and gunshot wounds and horrific burns from the blowtorch to her breasts.
It is thought her life support machine was switched off on Tuesday morning, after doctors said her horrific injuries were not survivable.
Her husband was treated in the intensive care unit but incredibly has survived and has returned home.
It was the third violent farm attack in the province this month.