Mugging: Samaritan steps in to stop men attacking St Charles teacher

2009-05-20 00:00

A PRIVATE school teacher is nursing his wounds after he was attacked by muggers who wanted his running shoes while he was jogging in Oribi. St Charles College grade six teacher Shaun Mayo suffered a fractured upper jaw, a broken nose and a bruise to the back of his head — but if it wasn’t for a good samaritan, things might have been worse.

Just after 6 am on Saturday, Mayo was running along Washington Road, doing his regular morning exercise.

“I ran past two people and when I was about 50 metres away from them, they started to follow me. One of them grabbed me from behind and we struggled ... I fell down and then I was bleeding. I did not know what really happened afterwards.”

As the scuffle continued, a motorist stopped to help. Apparently Mayo’s attackers were armed with a huge stick and a panga.

Mervin Boucher pulled his car to the side and jumped to Mayo’s aid without hesitation. “They hit him with a pole on the face. I just thought it was unfair for a man to be beaten while he is not able to defend himself.”

Boucher pulled one of the attackers away from Mayo and both muggers ran away.

“They managed to run away with one of my shoes,” said Mayo, adding that he had only recently bought the trainers.

Boucher phoned Mayo’s wife and shortly afterwards, police and an ambulance arrived. Mayo was admitted to MediClinic Hospital where he underwent an operation on his jaw and nose.

“Five metal plates have been put into my jaw,” he said.

He was discharged early Monday morning and was already

Climbing up the ladder at home fixing his daughter’s basketball hoop. “I am grateful to the Good Samaritan. It’s encouraging to know that even with such a high crime rate in this country there are people who are prepared to stand up against crime. I want to thank Boucher for coming to my rescue and would like to warn people not to jog alone.”

On the other side, Boucher said his previous experience prompted him to defend Mayo. “Last year I was stabbed in the arm, so I could not stand there and look while a man is being killed. If I did not jump, who knows what would have happened.”

Mayo also thanked the nursing staff at the hospital and the other motorists who stopped.

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