Woman (61) escapes robbers

2010-09-21 00:00

AFTER being hit in the face by two “aggressive” men, a pensioner was still able to escape through a small window at her Pietermaritzburg house at the weekend.

Marion Cunningham (61) described the house robbery attack as “very scary”.

Despite the bruises she sustained to her face as a result of being repeatedly punched, Cunningham was even more concerned that her husband, Terry (67), who was away, would be subjected to the same brutality when he arrived at their Torwood Road home in Hayfields.

“I don’t know where I got that strength because as I was locked in the bathroom I pulled the window open and climbed out of the house,” she said.

Cunningham sustained a gash on her back as she jumped from the window.

Her neighbour, Peter Greenfield, helped her to climb over the fence to his yard, and helped her to call her husband and the police.

“Since my husband was not answering his phone, Peter went to the street to warn him not to go into the house,” she said.

She said that five minutes later her husband and the police arrived to find that the criminals had disappeared.

Cunningham said she was walking from her study to the kitchen when she was confronted by the two unarmed strangers.

“They pushed me to the ground and hit me with their hands repeatedly. They were wearing gloves.

“They then demanded cash and jewellery. I gave them R80, which I had with me, and I told them that I did not own jewellery.

“They also demanded that I give them the car, but I told them that I didn’t have one.”

They ransacked the house for more things to take before pushing her into the bathroom and locking her in.

“They said they were going to wait inside the house for my husband to arrive, and they warned me not to make a noise,” she said.

The criminals took her cellphone, digital camera and other goods.

“To show that I was complying with them I told them to take my TV, but they rejected it as they apparently wanted to take things they could carry.”

She was taken to hospital.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan has appealed to anyone with information about the incident to contact Captain Pieter van Zanten at 033 845 7722 or 083 801 1943.

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