Model pursues assailant after attack

2015-06-11 10:37
Local model Naseema Peerbhai (26) who was attacked on Princess Street in the CBD on Tuesday.

Local model Naseema Peerbhai (26) who was attacked on Princess Street in the CBD on Tuesday. (Jonathan Burton)

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Pietermaritzburg - After she was pinned down, fighting for her life, a Pietermaritzburg model chased after a mugger who attacked her in the city.

Walking to her favourite take-away to grab something to eat during her lunch break, well-known model and insurance claims investigator Naseema Peerbhai, 26, was attacked from behind and pinned to the ground, with her attacker tightly clutching her neck.

Recalling Tuesday’s incident, Peerbhai said she was walking alone on Princess Street in the CBD, a route she often takes to her favourite lunchtime spot, when she felt a hand grab the back of her neck.

Her attacker grabbed her throat and tried to throttle her, covering her mouth so she could not scream.

“I was so scared and did not know what to do or what to think. There was nobody else around,” Peerbhai said.

Peerbhai said she tried to break free and a struggle ensued, but her attacker managed to pin her down, tightening his grip on her neck.

Hovering over her, the man sifted through her pockets and took her cellphone and wallet before running away.

“He kept telling me to keep quiet. I thought he had a weapon and did not want to take the chance. I did try to scream but his hold was too tight on my neck,” Peerbhai said.

“I just kept praying that he would not do anything more”.

After the man took off, running towards Berg Street, Peerbhai lifted herself off the ground and gave chase, screaming to get the attention of bystanders.

According to Peerbhai, the man got into the passenger seat of a bakkie on Berg Street that was stuck in traffic.

When she caught up to her attacker, the bakkie “pulled forward” and knocked into her.

According to her, the man jumped out of the vehicle and ran off, throwing her belongings into a bush on the street side.

After she was knocked down, overcome by the entire ordeal, Peerbhai said she took a few steps and fainted.

“I have no idea what happened to the van but I did see people chasing after the man [attacker] on foot. I think twice about going outside now,” Peerbhai said.

Peerbhai said she did not report the incident to the police because her belongings were found soon after.

She was back at work on Wednesday with a “few scratches and bruises”.

Peerbhai said she was unable to recall exactly what the man looked like, but did notice that he was slightly taller than her.

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