Girls home after spree

2016-05-04 06:00

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THE three teenage girls from Heidedal who were reported missing for a week have returned to their homes alive and unhurt.

They were reunited with their families on Sunday night (01/05) after indulging in an alcohol-fuelled spree.

The trio, Anastachia Coetzee (19), Daniel Maasdorp (18) and Deniel Martin (15), disappeared on Saturday (30/04).

They told their parents they were going to watch a soccer match at the Clive Solomon Stadium.

They never returned home.

Anastachia’s aunt, Elizabeth Pretorius, said she was relieved that the three girls were back at home unharmed.

“We thought they were kidnapped and forced into prostitution,” said Pretorius.

The youngest of the three girls, Deniel, said she accompanied her friends to the Ashbury area.

There they hanged out with a couple of boys from a gang called Sout Gat Bloemers (SGB).

Anastachia said she and Daniel are dating two members of the gang.

The girls admitted that they had gone on the rampage.

They said they had drunk booze and smoked dagga during their brief disappearance, which they called “fed-up leave”.

Pretorius said the girls initially said they had been kidnapped by Nigerians when they returned home on Sunday.

They changed their story when they got to the Heidedal Police Station, where a case of kidnapping had already been opened.

The girls said they were too scared to return home on Sunday.

They decided to sleep on hospital benches at the Pelonomi Hospital on Monday (02/05) after the boys had told them to leave after the hectic occasion.

After loitering for a week with very little food and no place to stay, the three girls decided to go back home on Sunday night.

Their parents were relieved to reunite with them and to see that they were unharmed.

The trio apologised for the incident and said they regretted missing school for a week.

The girls are learners at the Petunia Secondary School.

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