Woman fights back with SMSes in rape ordeal

2010-12-20 00:00

WHILE locked in the boot of her car, a Midlands woman frantically SMSed the police, giving them directions to where she believed her attacker was driving her — quick thinking that may have saved her life.

While the woman, who is in her 30s, survived the terrifying ordeal, she was badly beaten and raped on Saturday night.

Mooi River and Nottingham Road police have been praised for their sterling efforts in tracking down the traumatised woman, who had been driven while locked in the boot of her car from Rosetta to Bruntville township at Mooi River. Police later also arrested the suspect. The woman’s identity may not be revealed.

The drama began on Saturday night as the woman returned to her home at around 10 pm.

A source told The Witness that the woman was attacked at her house and held hostage there, where she was allegedly robbed and then raped, before being shoved into the boot of her car and driven to Bruntville.

However, the woman had managed to take her cell phone with her and she SMSed a friend who alerted the Mooi River police.

A police officer then SMSed the woman. She then SMSed the police officer a message indicating where she thought she was and police began the task of trying to locate her.

Later, she SMSed the police to tell them that the car was stuck in the mud on a district road near Bruntville, and she was now outside the car, after getting away from her attacker.

The line of communication then went dead and police and others who made up the search party searched frantically, combing dirt roads in the vicinity, including the roads to Mount West and to Weston School.

It is believed that the woman was raped again at Bruntville and had been badly beaten, stabbed with a blunt knife and almost strangled as well.

They finally found the battered woman at around 1.30 am yesterday morning, 30 metres away from what is described as a massive tavern, where a large crowd of people were partying and dancing in the roads.

A source said there were around 250 to 300 people, including some who had arrived in luxury cars, at the scene. “There must have been witnesses, but no one intervened and helped her.”

She was taken by Nsele Emergency Services from Mooi River to Northdale Hospital, where she was attended by a district surgeon. The source paid tribute to the police who tirelessly searched for and found the victim. “Without the good work of the police, the woman may have been murdered.”

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan confirmed the incident. “The quick response of the police saw the rescue of the female and the arrest of the suspect. A case of kidnapping, hijacking and rape is being investigated by the Nottingham road detectives,” said Jeevan. The suspect will appear in court shortly.

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