Man (82) attacked, daughter raped at Oslo Beach

2011-09-27 00:00

AN elderly man was attacked and his daughter raped in Oslo Beach in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The 82-year-old man and a 62-year-old woman were asleep when the perpetrator entered the house through a window.

The intruder hit the elderly man over the head with an unknown object and then went to the room where the man’s daughter was asleep.

The woman was hit on the head with a slasher and was then raped.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid said the intruder demanded cash and a firearm.

“He left with the rape victim’s purse, credit cards, identity book and cellphone,” said Wiid.

She said the elderly man was taken to hospital, treated and discharged on the same day.

“Cases of house robbery, attempted murder and rape are being investigated by Port Shepstone detectives,” said Wiid.

Although Oslo Beach has had reports of criminal activity, violent crimes such as this have not featured in police dockets in the recent past.

“There haven’t been many reports of monstrous crimes in Oslo Beach recently,” said Wiid.

She said elderly people often become victims as they are soft targets, and in many instances, cannot defend themselves.

“Family and friends should take precautions to ensure the safety of especially elderly relatives,” she said.

Wiid added that homeowners should consider installing alarm systems, panic buttons, fencing, lockable gates and security lights.

“Family and friends should also check up on each other regularly.”

Wiid said that elderly people should not live alone in deserted places and that emergency numbers should be available to them at all times.

Vani Pather, chairperson of the Oslo Beach Community Policing Forum (CPF), said it was “unsettling” to hear about the heinous crime.

“Oslo Beach has never been noted for the type of crime that included grievous bodily harm,” said Pather.

He said it has always been, and now more than ever, the responsibility of every resident to be well organised when it comes to attempting to prevent crime in the community.

“Reporting suspicious behaviour to the police immediately is everyone’s responsibility,” he said.

He also said people should establish a relationship with their immediate neighbours as a first line of support.

“It’s important to attend local community meetings that deal with issues of safety and security,” added Pather.

If an organisation does not exist, the community should attempt to establish a forum, he said.

“The Oslo Beach CPF extends its support to the victims and to call on us if we can help in any way.”

Pather added that ensuring house numbers were clearly displayed for speedy response from police and security companies was vital.

“Also, profile your casual labour with SAPS if necessary to ensure that they have traceable references and no criminal record.

“Try not to pick up casual labour on street corners,” said Pather.

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