Hijackers inject victim

2008-11-11 00:00

HIJACKERS injected A 24-year-old Pietermaritzburg man with an unknown sleep-inducing drug and dumped him in the middle of nowhere on Monday night.

Ivan Marx lay unconscious in an open field in Bishopstowe outside the city from about 9 pm on Monday until about 6 am yesterday morning.

After reporting the matter to the police and going to a doctor he slept again, from 11 am to 5 pm, and did not even hear his cellphone ringing repeatedly.

Marx’s ordeal started at about 8 pm when he returned from a garage in C.B. Downes Road, Mkondeni.

On his way back to his house in Pilot Road, he slowed his white Hyundai at the intersection of Murray and C.B. Downes roads.

Two men jumped out of the bush into the middle of road and pointed firearms at him.

“As they ran into the street I stopped as I thought they were honest people crossing the road.

But they pointed their guns at me. When I looked behind me preparing to reverse I saw a third guy behind my car also pointing a gun,” said Marx.

He said he complied when they ordered him to get out of the car. They forced him into the back seat and drove down C.B. Downes Road. Before they passed Pilot Road a man in the back seat injected him with the drug.

He pass out within a few minutes and woke up about an hour later while the vehicle was still moving. The man injected him again before the driver pulled over. They pushed him out of the car.

“In the middle of nowhere I just passed out and slept. When I woke in the sunrise, I started walking down the road. After about an hour I came to Mountview farm house [in Bishopstowe]. I met a woman who was taking her kids to school at about 8 am,” said Marx.

Marx, who had bloodstains on his clothes, said the woman phoned his friend, Johan Pretorius, who came to fetch him about 20 minutes later.

“We went to Alexandra police station to report the matter before proceeding to Medi-Clinic. The doctors took my blood samples to establish the drug I was injected with. They said I will know the result on Friday,” said Marx.

Marx said he was going to sell the vehicle yesterday in order to buy a new one. “Right now I’m stuck. I cannot do anything without my car,” he said. The registration number of his vehicle is NP 25297.

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram appealed to anyone with information about the incident to contact Detective Inspector Ablon Majozi of the Alexandra Road detective service at 033 845 7704 or 072 818 4145, or Crime Stop at the toll-free number 08600 10111.

Drug: Suspects had ‘medical knowledge’

Local pharmacist Vinesh Naidoo of Allandale Pharmacy told The Witness that the suspects must have had medical knowledge to calculate the dosage of the drug and administer it correctly.

Naidoo said the drug would not be easily accessible and would have to be obtained from a hospital or doctor’s room.

“Incorrectly administering a sedative could kill a person.”

Naidoo suspects the drug may have been a quick acting sedative like those used as a pre-anaesthetic before minor surgery.

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