Woman fights off knifeman on beach

2011-03-08 00:00

A MIDDLE-AGED Hibberdene woman told how she turned on a robber and chased him off after he had stabbed her husband and was threatening to rape her.

Sue and Eric Setaro, both in their late fifties, were on Ifafa Beach with two of their dogs on Sunday when a man strolled up to them, swinging two sticks.

After a short exchange with the man, who said he was hungry and short of money, Eric went to a nearby shop.

While Eric was gone, Sue said, she gave the man R20 to buy food.

When Eric returned, they decided to walk home after promising to try and find the man a job. They were both surprised when he followed them.

Then the man suddenly struck Eric on the back of the head with a stick, punched him and stabbed him with a large knife.

Said Sue, “I asked him why he was doing this and told him to take all our money and cellphones.

“I pleaded with him, asking him what good killing the two of us would do.”

By this stage her husband was lying comatose at the edge of the water without any feeling in his legs.

Then the man grabbed her and dragged her towards the nearby bushes, threatening to rape her and kill her.

That was when she became angry. She dug into the attacker’s eye with her arthritic hand while she screamed, “I am a white witch from England and you are doomed.”

Bizarrely, the attacker retreated and began to walk away slowly.

But the plucky Sue, by then extremely annoyed, was determined not to let the assailant get off.

“I was as mad as I have ever been and I launched myself at him again,” she said. “But he got away and I attended to my husband.”

She was forced to leave her husband while she went to find help.

The couple opened a charge at the Hibberdene police station.

The SA Police Force spokesperson in Port Shepstone, Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid, confirmed that an arrest has been made.

“The man is being charged with attempted rape and attempted murder,” she said.

He is due to appear in court in Hibberdene today.

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