Southport: Woman foils screwdriver attacker

2011-05-25 00:00

SENIOR citizens on the South Coast are becoming soft targets for brazen criminals who break into their homes at any time of the day.

A senior citizen in Southport fell victim to a screwdriver-wielding intruder in her home on Monday evening.

Maureen Colam (66) opened her door to let her dog out at about 11.20 pm when the neatly dressed assailant stormed into her house.

Colam’s live-in friend, who identified himself only as Eric, said they were watching television when her dog started barking.

Eric said Colam opened a sliding door to let her dog out when a man dressed in a black suit appeared from nowhere.

“Everything happened so quickly that in no time the man was right in the middle of the lounge. He indicated for Maureen to keep quiet and asked for money,” said Eric.

“As he cornered her he snatched a bag with a wallet, two cellphones and cigarettes from a chair in the corner of the lounge and continued demanding money,” he said.

“He was standing right in front of me, so I couldn’t stand up and fight him,” he said.

“Maureen managed to evade the man and once on the other side of the lounge, she triggered the alarm and the man ran away.”

When Colam went for the alarm the man tried to stab her but missed, Eric added.

“He ran away and we were not sure whether he had accomplices waiting outside. We always lock the doors, but in this instance it had to be opened only to let the dog out,” he added.

Port Shepstone police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Zandra Wiid said Colam sustained bruises and that a case of house robbery is being investigated.

She cautioned residents to be aware of the possibility that they could be watched — especially at night — by perpetrators who are waiting for an opportunity to attack them.

“They can never know when they are being watched, so it is advisable to draw curtains when it is getting dark and to have outside lights switched on,” said Wiid.

In another recent incident Sehodihul Sewpersadh (79) was robbed and killed in his Oslo Beach home last Thursday.

In the Southport area widower Peter Smith was bludgeoned to death and was found in the bathroom by a friend. A bush knife was found near his body, which had several open wounds.

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