Nurse at KZN children’s home attacked

2016-01-21 12:30
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Pietermaritzburg - A paediatric nurse at a children’s home near Camperdown is recovering in hospital after she was attacked by three robbers on Tuesday afternoon.

It is believed the woman was at her home at the Lily of the Valley Children’s Village in Eston when the three men gained entry into the premises.

According to the organisation’s CEO Brendan Stapleton, the nurse was bound with rope and bludgeoned on the head with a firearm.

Stapleton said the woman’s skull was fractured but she is in a stable condition at a Durban hospital.

He described the woman — who has been working at the organisation for almost three years as a long-term volunteer from the United Kingdom — as a “gentle and sweet individual” who is the “heartbeat of the organisation”.

“Speaking to her, she said her view is that her attackers are lost without Jesus,” Stapleton said.

Police spokesperson Mthokozisi Ngobese said the Camperdown police are concerned about the spate of housebreakings in the area, with most of the victims being on isolated small holdings.

Ngobese urged the community to report any suspicious activity.

There have been almost a dozen reported incidents in the area since the beginning of 2016.

On January 12, Patrick and Heather Reynolds were attacked at their home by four men who made off with laptops and cellphones.

This attack happed only a day after their son Brendan and his family were attacked in their home a few kilometres away. Brendan was bludgeoned with a cricket bat and held at gunpoint, while his wife and two children were left unharmed

It is believed a gang is targeting residents in the area, with most victims reporting a similar modus operandi where the attackers brazenly enter the home and tie up their victims before assaulting them with a weapon — in most cases a firearm.

The gang, believed to be made up of three or four members, mostly steal electronic items like laptops and cellphones.

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