Man stabbed after tackling CBD mugger

2009-03-04 00:00

A MAN trying to save a teenage boy from being robbed of his cellphone was stabbed four times at the weekend.

Byron du Bois (21) told The Witness that he was driving along Chief Albert Luthuli Street at around midnight on Saturday when he spotted an altercation between a 17-year-old teenager and a 25-year-old man.

As Du Bois stopped his car, the man suspected of stealing the cellphone started to run away.

“I chased after the man, caught him and tripped him. As he fell, the cellphone also dropped to the ground.

“I expected him to get up and continue running, but he came at me with a knife,” said Du Bois.

Du Bois was stabbed in the left hand and arm, on his right arm and his back. “I didn’t know that I had been stabbed until I felt a sharp pain in my back, where he also managed to stab me,” he said.

Du Bois’s friends had meanwhile managed to signal the police, who arrested the man in Leathern Street.

The teenager, described by Du Bois as being under the influence of alcohol and “an easy target”, was unscathed.

Police spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan said police found a knife and a cellphone on the suspected attacker.

The suspect was in court on Monday and will apply for bail on Monday.

Du Bois, a chef, said he hopes to recover fully before starting a new job next month. “I am still struggling to breathe a little and my body is still quite sore,” he said.

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