Rapist found asleep on granny's bed

2013-02-09 07:20
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Johannesburg – A half-blind, hearing-impaired grandmother was allegedly raped by a man who then fell asleep in her bed in Mthuvi village, Dutywa, Eastern Cape police said on Friday.

Police spokesperson Jackson Manatha said the 69-year-old woman was sleeping in a rondavel with her 12-year-old grandson when a man broke in at 02:00 on Wednesday.

"We suspect that the man was able to push the door open without waking the granny because she cannot hear properly."

Manatha said the woman was also "partly blind".

Her grandson told the police he heard noises, but thought his grandmother was going outside to the toilet.

"The man allegedly raped the granny and was able to stop her from screaming. She then ran out of the rondavel and was found at 07:00 sleeping next to the garden by one of the neighbours," he said.

The neighbour took the woman inside the rondavel to see why she had slept outside.

"But the neighbour was shocked to see running shoes protruding from the granny’s bed. The man fell asleep in bed... he must have been drunk," said Manatha.

The neighbour pulled the blanket back to find a man sleeping in the bed.

"They were supposed to call the police first, but the suspect woke up and ran away."

The alleged rapist, in his early 20s, was identified is a neighbour.

He was yet to be arrested.

"We have his name and we are looking for him," said Manatha.

- SAPA

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