Couple awake to intruders

2010-06-03 00:00

A YOUNG couple who moved from Johannesburg early this year to escape the high crime rate after the wife had survived an armed robbery were brutally attacked in their new home in Pietermaritzburg about two months later.

Bianca Erasmus (23) and her husband Jaun (24) arrived in the city and rented a home in the Glen Meade complex in Lincoln Meade on March 1.

They had left Johannesburg after Bianca had a firearm pressed to her head during an armed robbery at the company where she worked as a secretary.

The couple’s perception that Pietermaritzburg is a crime-free city has changed since the May 13 attack.

Jaun, who had just opened a motor mechanics business in the city, was stabbed twice on the left hand and underneath his left arm, near his heart.

The incident happened at about 1 am. They were robbed of their valuables,

“Now we have been forced to relocate from the simplex to a block of flats in Clarendon where we pay a monthly of rent of R4 200,” said Bianca.

They will continue to pay R3 800 in monthly rent for the Lincoln Meade simplex until the end of their six-month lease.

During the incident, the couple and their three-year-old son, Jaun-Pierre, were awakened by someone talking inside the house.

Said Jaun, “The man was standing next to our bed talking to another one who was standing outside the house.

“I just jumped and pushed him away from us.

“We then started fighting, which is when he stabbed me twice.

“I grabbed him with his jacket and threw him to the kitchen.

“He switched a light on and jumped out of the house through the window.”

After realising that his cellphone was missing, he opened the main door to chase after the criminals.

But to his surprise two men, who were both armed with knives, ran back into the house.

The couple begged the men not to harm them and to take whatever they wanted.

“They took our 32-inch flat- screen TV set, our cellphones, play station, my handbag, which had my ID, licence, cash and all our cards,” said Bianca, who is six-months pregnant.

Her cellphone was grabbed while she was reporting the matter to the police.

Jaun-Pierre woke up and cried, as his father was bleeding.

Said Bianca, who is now a housewife,“I like the house because it feels more like a house than living in a flat.

“Here we could have a braai and relax on the lawn.

“But I’m feeling very vulnerable, and my son is always scared every time we come here.”

The simplex they rented, which has a broken back window, is still vacant and they are looking for someone to take over the lease.

Police confirmed the couple have opened a case of armed robbery and assault.

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