Imbali woman fights back, bites off her attacker’s bottom lip

2008-08-03 00:00

A 19-year-old man got more than he bargained for after the woman he and his friends attacked in her Imbali home retaliated by biting off his lip.

Grace Myaka told The Witness yesterday that the three men entered her house through the kitchen window in the early hours of yesterday morning.

“I heard footsteps and woke up to check. When I opened my bedroom door, they ran away. I then shouted for assistance, but no one came to my rescue.

“While I was shouting they came back for me after realising that no one heard me screaming. They started throwing big stones at me and I sustained head injuries.

“I was actually fighting with them and I just bit off one suspect’s lower lip. If I didn’t fight them back, they would have killed me because I recognised them.

“The worst thing is that this boy has done this before. I don’t know why he keeps coming back. I will not leave my home because of this. If I should die, so be it,” said Myaka.

She said she was very grateful because the police were able to catch the suspect in no time.

The suspect’s guardian, who was at Myaka’s house when The Witness arrived, expressed shock at the attack. “I last saw him yesterday evening and I thought he had gone to sleep early. I was not aware that he was not at home. I always tell him not to go out at night because all sorts of things can happen to me. I hope he has learnt a lesson,” said the woman.

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said the man, whose lower lip was bitten off, was arrested.

“The other intruders escaped. All the suspects are known to Myaka,” said Budhram.

He warned the public about confronting suspects. He said Myaka was “quite brave”, but cautioned people against confronting suspects in case they become victims of reprisals.

Myaka said that the arrested suspect has been in trouble with the law before and was given a suspended sentence for theft previously.

He will appear in court today.

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