Intruder bites house sitters

2011-03-02 00:00

TWO Pennington residents are still in shock after they were severely bitten by an intruder whom they surprised and tackled in a house they were looking after in Umdoni Road in the town.

The incident happened at around 9.30 pm on Saturday night.

The house, which belongs to an overseas owner, has been vandalised on frequent occasions.

One of the victims, who only wanted to be named as Neil, has been looking after the house until burglar guards are installed.

He asked his friend, aged 53, to stay there in the meantime.

After watching a rugby match on Saturday, the man returned to the house at about 9.25 pm.

He thought it strange to find the lights off as he usually leaves them on when he goes out.

As he switched a light on he heard sounds from an upstairs room and immediately went outside to phone Neil, who drove to the house in Pennington.

Both men said they saw someone in the house through the window. They then went inside to confront the stranger, who told them he had been sent by his employer to fix the burglar guards.

Neil asked the man to wait for the police to arrive, but he became violent and tried to get away.

The two men grappled with the suspect, who allegedly assaulted and bit them as he tried to escape.

The man looking after the house sustained bite wounds to both his arms and injuries to his chest, while Neil sustained bite wounds to the chest. They managed to hold the suspect until the police arrived.

It was later established that entry had been gained through the roof. The suspect was arrested and taken to hospital for treatment and observation.

He is due to appear in court later this week.

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