Woman’s abuction ordeal

2013-07-20 00:00

A WESTVILLE woman spent a night shivering in a bush after she was abducted by robbers and later dumped near Inanda on Thursday evening.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said Caron Whateley (43) was entering her cottage in Rockdale Avenue about 9 pm when she found burglars in her home. The four men reportedly forced her into her car and drove around with her.

“It is suspected they stopped to withdraw money using her credit card,” said Naicker in a statement. “She alleges her assailants were soon joined by another suspect, but she could not see where [they were going], as she was pushed down not to see where they were driving. At a later stage she was told to get out of the vehicle and the men drove off.”

He said Whateley was dropped off somewhere in the Inanda area near the Umgeni River, an area she is not familiar with.

Barefoot and without any warm clothes, she hid in a bush for the entire night.

About 5 am yesterday the woman said she heard children’s voices. They were accompanied by an adult, who turned out to be a pastor, who took Whateley to his home and helped her to contact her relatives.

She was not injured in any way and her vehicle was recovered in kwaDabeka by police. Two suspects were seen fleeing from the vehicle. Fingerprint experts have inspected the car. No arrests have been made and the Westville police are investigating a case of housebreaking and abduction.

On his website, private investigator Brad Nathanson posted that Whateley arrived home after an evening out at a popular local restaurant.

He said her boyfriend raised the alarm when she did not confirm she had arrived home safely.

Attempts to get hold of Nathanson or Whateley were unsuccessful yesterday. Voice messages were left on Nathanson’s phone, but were not returned by the time of going to press.

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