Robbers stab autistic boy 5 times

2017-02-16 13:44
Jannie Peens still in shock in his hospital bed after he was stabbed by robbers at his home in Springs. (Picture used with permission from his mother.)

Jannie Peens still in shock in his hospital bed after he was stabbed by robbers at his home in Springs. (Picture used with permission from his mother.)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pretoria - An 8-year-old autistic boy was stabbed five times during a house robbery in Springs on Tuesday.

"There was only R150 cash in the house. For R150 my poor child nearly died," a traumatised Chrisanthy Peens, 38, told Netwerk24 on Wednesday.

As far as she could determine, the money is all the robbers took.

Her son Jannie, who is autistic, can't speak and wears a diaper. He sometimes has to use a wheelchair.

"He can't even say he hurts," Peens said.

She was alone at home with him on Tuesday morning. He was jumping on the trampoline in the front garden and she was standing close by. 

Robbers looked 'nervous'

Suddenly two men armed with knives appeared.

"They said: 'Go inside and don't make a sound,'" Peens said. 

She said they looked nervous.

"Jannie was still on the trampoline when they grabbed me. He jumped off and screamed at them. Then the robbers pushed us into the house."

The robbers wanted money. Peens told them they didn't keep cash in the house.

"Then one of them stabbed my child. Five times. Twice in his back at his shoulder blade, once in his stomach and once in each arm."

Head banged against wall

Peens started screaming and fighting.

"I screamed: 'Leave my child alone, I told you we don't have money!' but the man just kept on stabbing Jannie.

"My child screamed in a way he had never done before."

In the struggle to save her child, Peens was cut ten times on her arms.

Then one of the robbers banged her head against the wall.

"He did it a couple of times until I lost consciousness."

She dropped to the floor.

No arrests 

"When I woke up, Jannie was standing in the kitchen in his bloodied blue shirt and the robbers were gone. Luckily they didn't see my phone where it was charging. I was so dizzy I had to crawl to it."

Peens called her husband and the local community policing forum.

They were taken to hospital.

"The cut on Jannie's stomach and one on his arm are very deep. Thank God there was no internal damage," Peens said. 

They have been discharged from hospital.

Police spokesperson Captain Johannes Ramphora said the robbers probably stabbed Jannie to force his mother to co-operate.

No arrests have been made yet.

Read more on:    johannesburg  |  crime

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Partner Content
How data is changing investments

Technological disruption is rife in many spheres of business and given the quantity of data available, it’s no surprise that the way in which asset managers work is also changing fast.

Behind the sparkle

Alluring, beautiful and timeless - diamonds are some of the most sought after gems in the world and are a true testament of everlasting brilliance. Let us take you behind the sparkle to show you the history behind this coveted jewel.


Play with your pet when you're not at home

Many pets are alone at home during the week while their owners are at work. So what do these animals get up to while they’re home alone?



How to get rid of fleas
12 Cool cat facts
Chocolate can be fatal for dogs
Spider-man star's adorable relationship with his dog
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.