Elderly couple fight off intruder

2014-02-28 00:00

AN elderly Durban woman who was mistakenly linked to the “White Widow” connected to the 2013 Kenyan mall massacre, was attacked by a lone knife-wielding man.

Pensioners Jane Lovejoy and her husband, Peter, were brutally attacked by a man believed to be in his 20s in which both she and her husband were hit with bricks.

However, their brave fight-back scared off the intruder, who dropped his weapons and is believed to have been injured during the attack.

“He at first threatened to kill me if I did not oblige. While he asked about our security system, I managed to struggle away from him. My husband came to assist. The man threw bricks at us before he ran away,” said Lovejoy. She would not comment any further except to say he stole her necklace, which was later recovered.

The Witness has learnt that Lovejoy had earlier heard her dogs barking. She stepped outside and fired her pellet gun into the direction of where the dogs were barking and then hosed the area down in an attempt to wet any possible intruder.

There is a park adjacent to the house. Once the dogs had quietened, she was coiling up the hose when attacker came up behind her, put the knife to her neck and demanded she go inside.

He was leading her into the house when a scuffle broke out. He hit the Lovejoys with a stick and threw bricks. It is unclear if anyone was stabbed.

Satish Dhupelia, deputy chairperson of the Sherwood Community Police Forum, a sub-forum of the Sydenham CPF, said Lovejoy bravely fought off the attacker.

“We have an effective patrol system in place in the suburb and have managed to keep criminal activity low in comparison to neighbouring areas. However, it is easy to access off the Jan Smuts Highway,” said Dhupelia.

He said the police have confirmed that both weapons have been sent off for fingerprinting and that blood samples have been collected for DNA testing. He said moments after the attack Lovejoy contacted him.

No suspect has yet been arrested.

Lovejoy became a person of interest by state security after it was found that her address had been used by Samantha Lewthwaite to fraudulently obtain a SA passport using the name Natalie Faye Webb.

Lewthwaite was implicated in the September 21 mall attack in Nairobi. She was dubbed the “White Widow” as her husband Germaine Lindsay was one of the suicide bombers in the 2005 London terrorist attack.

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