Man beat, raped woman (71), threw her from car

2008-05-23 00:00

This week Mondli Craig Mnyandu began serving his 35-year prison sentence in Westville Prison, his confession and guilty plea having done little to reduce his jail time.

He raped and beat her, then forced the terrified 71-year-old into her car as a potential hostage in case the vehicle was fitted with a tracking device.

Satisfied that her car did not have one, he threw her out of her car, smashing her hips and ribs.

But the savagery that Mnyandu showed to his victim did not end there. When an anti-hijacking device in the car cut off the ignition a few minutes later, the 24-year-old walked back to where he had thrown his victim out the speeding car, dragged her back to the vehicle and threw her inside — aggravating the injuries to her broken hip.

After forcing his terrified and frail victim to over-ride the anti-hijack device, Mnyandu kept her in the car for some time before throwing her from the car for a second time, once again while driving at high speed.

He and his accomplice stole a television and other household goods during the robbery, but they never benefited from their crime.

Mnyandu made for the Point Road area, where stolen goods are sold to “fences” by criminals. Patrolling police — suspicious of why Mnyandu was driving around with a large plasma television — pulled him over.

Realising that the game was up, Mnyandu and his accomplice fled, leaving behind the goods they had terrorised and viciously injured an elderly woman to steal.

Detective Sergeant Jabulani Ngcobo of the KZN house robbery task team made it his mission to track down Mnyandu. Armed with eye-witness descriptions of the man, DNA and fingerprints, Ngcobo soon established the identity of the woman’s attacker and scoured the Illovo area, hunting Mnyandu until the thug was cornered.

Detective Captain Ronald Pillay, commander of the house robbery task team, said he is delighted with the work Ngcobo did. “Ngcobo worked around the clock to get this man. When he was caught, Mnyandu immediately confessed, he realised that we had overwhelming evidence that showed, without even the slightest doubt, that he was the perpetrator.”

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