Robbers torture family for new baby

2012-08-20 00:00

CAPE TOWN — “They wanted money … and my baby.”

A still shocked Craig Kolesky (37), a well-known Cape Town surf photographer, yesterday told how three intruders attacked his family — his girlfriend and her mother, as well as the couple’s two-month-old baby — in their home in Oranje­zicht late on Friday night.

They were stabbed and threatened with death by the attackers, who only wanted two things — money and baby Koby.

“Where’s the money? Where’s the baby? Where’s the money? Where’s the baby?” the attackers continuously shouted.

Kolesky said he doesn’t know why they wanted his child. “I don’t know. Maybe for muthi?”

“The police said after they saw the blood on the scene they were amazed that no one was killed,” he said, after giving a statement to detectives yesterday morning.

The attackers scaled a 4,5-metre-high wall at about 11 pm and climbed in through a window on the second floor.

Kolesky and his girlfriend, Yvuskha Makein, were asleep when they heard screams from the ground floor living room, where Makein’s mother, Wiebke, was sleeping.

“The attackers assaulted and threatened her with death for about 20 minutes.”

The whole time, the men threatened to kill everyone, he said.

Wiebke was stabbed three times in the arm and needed dozens of stitches later.

One of the men said in front of her that they should go to the baby’s room and get him and the money. Koby was asleep in his room on the top floor.

The attackers raced up the stairs and Kolesky tried to stop them while Yvuskha ran to the baby’s room and locked herself in.

“I just saw red and used old martial arts moves to fight back,” Kolesky said.

He was stabbed five times, in the hand, elbow, arm and back.

The attackers tried to kick the baby’s room door down. “They kept asking for money and the baby,” he said yesterday, cradling his son.

He got his wallet and told one of the men he could draw R50 000.

The man grabbed the wallet and ran to one of the others and Kolesky took the chance to run from the house to summon help. The police arrived soon after.

The men fled with Kolesky’s wallet and a pendant belonging to Wiebke Makein.

Kolesky said his laptop and photographic equipment were in the living room, but the men did not take them.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer November Filander said the police are investigating a case of house robbery, but no one has been arrested.

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