Woman bound with ropes for 9 months

2012-07-27 06:53

A couple was arrested for allegedly holding a young woman captive in their Eshowe home for the past nine months, KwaZulu-Natal police said.

During her ordeal she gave birth, but the baby either died later, or was stillborn, Colonel Vincent Mdunge said in a statement yesterday.

“(Police found) a 24-year-old woman, bound with ropes, lying in a room. It is alleged that the young woman had been held captive since November last year.

“It is suspected, from communicating with the victim, that she may be mentally challenged.”

Woman fell in love with boy, 17

Police found her purely by chance, while looking for a 44-year-old woman allegedly involved in a plot to kill the local traditional leader (induna), and the gun that was to be used.

They went to her house, but found only her 58-year-old common-law husband.

He was arrested for possession of dagga.

The 24-year-old woman moved to Eshowe in November last year.

“She met and fell in love with a 17-year-old boy who was a herdsman in the area. He left in December not knowing that he had impregnated her.”

Police found the baby buried in the couple’s yard.

It was born on July 15.

The 44-year-old woman was later arrested in Eshowe.

She would face charges of kidnapping, murder, and attempted murder.

The young woman was taken to hospital. Arrangements would be made for her to receive trauma counselling.

‘A demonic act’

Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni said the woman had no access to medical care during her pregnancy.

“This was a demonic act and the perpetrator must be given the harshest sentence permitted by law,” Ngobeni said in a statement.

The 44-year-old woman would appear in the Eshowe Magistrate’s Court on July 30 on charges of kidnapping, murder, and conspiracy to murder.

Mdunge could not be reached to get clarity on why the woman was held captive, or the charges the man would face.

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