Woman attacked in Oribi Village

2013-08-15 00:00

AFTER living a peaceful and safe existence in Oribi Village for 20 years, a woman is now afraid to return home after she was attacked on Monday afternoon.

Johanna Nell (62) was in her driveway on Monday when she was hit on the head with a brick and throttled by her attacker.

Nell, who has lived in Oribi Village for 20 years, said this is the first time she has experienced any act of violence.

Now she fears for her safety and as a result she is moving to another area where she can have peace of mind.

“It was half past three in the afternoon. I drove home and saw this guy sitting by the neighbour’s house. There are always people sitting there and he looked familiar, so I didn’t take note of him. I stopped in front of the gate [in my car] and bent down to get the keys.

“The next minute my [car] door flies open and the guy bashed me in the head with a brick. He held me down and told me not to scream. I did scream, and he began to throttle me. I felt like I was going to pass out.

“He kept pushing me down, I don’t know where I got the strength, but I pushed myself up and started hooting. He ran away,” said a tearful Nell as she relived the attack.

Nell’s son-in-law arrived at the scene and took her to hospital.

She had to get stitches in her head and has a black eye from the attack.

Another neighbour, Dale Bagley, tried to find Nell’s attacker: “I also saw the guy sitting there. He was dressed all in yellow. When I saw the aunty I got a shock. She was bleeding so much, I found out what happened and immediately ran off to find him, but he was gone. They won’t catch him. Oribi is convenient and cheap, but it is not safe to live here,” said Bagley.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan confirmed the SAPS Alexandra Road Detective Services are investigating a case of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. The motive for the attack is unknown, she said.

Anyone with information regarding the incident can contact the Detective Services on 0 033 845 7700/7724.

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