France: Two robbers take turns raping woman in her house

2010-04-15 00:00

A 32-YEAR-OLD woman was raped at knifepoint in Pietermaritzburg by two men who broke into her house in France in the early hours of yesterday morning.

After raping the woman, the intruders stole her television and a cellphone.

Police said the men also assaulted the victim when she called for help.

“It is alleged that one of the men then grabbed her around her neck and star­ted strangling her. They dragged her outside the house and, while one suspect held her down, the other suspect raped her. The men took turns raping her,” said police.

Her 53-year-old mother spent the night with relatives. “When I came home at about 8 am, I became scared to see police leaving my house. In the house I found things upside down and my daughter crying,” said the mother.

The men entered the victim’s one-room house after cutting a fence.

“She only told me about [the] break-in, but my neighbour told me about the rape,” said the mother.

The victim woke up to find the window and the door open, and strangers inside the house.

“My daughter said, as they dragged her out of the house, she fought them off, but it seems they overpowered her,” said the mother.

The victim was too afraid to speak, only saying she knows someone who might have sent the attackers. “If I talk, they will come back to finish me off.”

France has seen a lot of violent crime. A few years ago community members took the law into their own hands and killed three suspects at a local soccer field. “Since then, very few incidents of crime happened. But it seems we have to come together again and restore discipline,” said Nhlanhla Zikhali, who lives a few streets away.

Anyone who can help on this case is urged to contact Captain Darren Moodley on 033 387 9500 or 079 500 0397.

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