Woman locked up, starved, for 2 months

2013-03-27 10:00
Chéri Pitout (Bongiwe Gumede, Beeld)

Chéri Pitout (Bongiwe Gumede, Beeld)

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Johannesburg - A young Johannesburg woman has told of her nightmare ordeal at the hands of a man who had locked her in a tiny room for over two months, assaulting her and starving her to the extent that she lost 20kg.

Chéri Pitout, 25, was eventually rescued by her brother and mother who managed to track her down to the small Mpumalanga town of Pullen’s Hope, reported Beeld.

After her rescue, Pitout spent four days in hospital for treatment for her broken ribs, a lung that had collapsed, kidney failure and a broken nose.

She told reporters how the nightmare started in November when she went to the Western Cape for three weeks with a man she knew.


But he soon began beating her. “The worst was when he hit me with a glass bottle in the ribs and on the head and chin.”

He apparently gave her a peanut butter sandwich to eat every couple of days. 

She was unable to contact family and the man threatened to kill her, which she believed. He moved her around the country to various locations.

Earlier this year, the man called her mother to ask for R3 000 and her mother said she would send it to a post office. This was how they found the postal code of Pullen’s Hope and the mother and her son then went looking for her.

Residents recognised the woman from photographs shown to them and they were taken to the house where she was being held.

She described how her brother entered the house, hit the man once, and left with her.

Police are investigating.

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