Thugs lie in wait in locked home

2010-01-28 00:00

A RESIDENT in Shelly Crescent, Mountain Rise, is reeling after a robbery by two thugs who had waited for her inside her locked home.

Roshini Vather (53) left her house at 5 pm, visiting a relative on Tuesday evening, leaving her doors and gates locked.

The unsuspecting woman returned home after 8 pm to be met by two men inside her home who demanded money.

One of the men put a gun against her head.

Vather attempted to wrestle the gun from the man and was surprised to discover that the weapon was a toy.

“As we wrestled for possession of the weapon, it broke in half.

“I then realised that it was a toy, but that didn’t bring any relief as a second man came charging from the kitchen brandishing a knife.

“I was overpowered and the two dragged me to my bedroom where they tied me up,” Vather said.

In the bedroom, the men cut the telephone cord and tied Vather’s hands with it.

They also used a hair dryer cord, an electric cord and some dress and bag belts to bind her knees and arms.

She said a T-shirt was used to gag her and a dress belt was used to keep the gag in place.

“Before they gagged me these young men kept on asking me where the money was, with me telling them that I had none. I was praying that they would not harm me, going to the extent of begging them to take my car, my purse and everything in it. Instead of leaving me, they tied me up and started ransacking the house,” rela­ted Vather.

As she was lying on the bed, she heard the getaway car parking in the driveway and the two men started taking some electric appliances including the television.

The men took Vather’s car too.

Neighbours came to her rescue after she had struggled to reach the front door.

“I can’t believe the audacity to raid my fridge while waiting to rob me. Mountain Rise has been an easy target for criminals who don’t have respect for people’s privacy,” she said.

Between April 2008 and March 2009, 207 cases of burglary at residential premises were reported in the Mountain Rise area. Vather said the statistics show how residents of the area are targeted by criminals.

Police spokesman Superintendent Jay Naicker confirmed the incident. He confirmed that a toy gun believed to have been left by the suspects was also found in the house, and that a suspect had been arrested on the same evening.

He was arrested by a member of the Pietermaritzburg dog unit while travelling towards the N3 in a Peugeot sedan believed to belong to Vather.

The vehicle sped off after only the arrested man had alighted, after being stopped by the dog unit member.

The arrested suspect led the police to a house in the Caluza area, Plessislaer, where jewellery and electronic equipment were recovered.

In the early hours of the morning the stolen vehicle was recovered in the Smero area.

No other arrests have been made.

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