Family thankful for swift arrest

2012-11-07 00:00

THE family of the woman who was viciously attacked in Pumula at the weekend expressed their thanks to the police for the quick arrest of a suspect.

Jeanette Pretorius (65) was attacked in her home in 15th Avenue at 4 am on Sunday morning.

A man broke through her bedroom window with a brick, landing on top of her.

He held a knife to her throat and searched the house, looking for what he could steal.

In the process he viciously attacked Pretorius, breaking her hip and inflicting other serious injuries on her.

Pretorius was able to grab a whistle and when she loudly blew it, the attacker fled.

She was taken to Hibiscus Private Hospital, where she has been since Sunday.

Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid said a 28-year-old man was arrested in the Anerley area on Monday night.

The victim’s cellphone was recovered along with a knife allegedly used in the attack.

“He will appear in court on Thursday,” said Wiid.

Pretorius’s only daughter, Sharlene Bierna (42), who lives in Newcastle, was thrilled to hear of the arrest.

“Obviously we are so glad the awful man was caught.

“We got a cellphone back, but never really thought he would be caught,” said Bierna.

She said her mother, who had a hip replacement yesterday, was in the intensive care unit and would be in hospital for at least another week.

“She is very shocked and also very emotional because my dad, Fanie, died five months ago. But the reality of what happened has not hit her yet, because from time to time she asks why she is in hospital.”

Bierna could not praise Wiid enough.

“Lieutenant-Colonel Wiid phoned me at 6 am to tell me what happened to my mother and when we arrived from Newcastle she was waiting for us at the hospital with chocolates.

“When we were back in Newcastle today, she phoned to tell us the man had been arrested.

“She has been absolutely wonderful to us.”

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