Woman jogger raped

2010-03-31 00:00

A 67-YEAR-OLD woman is still in shock after she was sexually assaulted on the corner of Town Bush and Hawkins roads in Pietermaritzburg at 7am on Sunday.

She was grabbed by the neck and pulled into the long grass on the side of the road by a well-dressed man in blue and green striped shorts and a white T-shirt; he was wearing running shoes.

“He was clean-shaven and well built and I thought to myself, why on earth is he standing by himself?” she said.

“As I passed him he came running towards me and asked if he could join me. Before I could say anything, he pulled me into the long grass, not two metres from the roadside, and said he had always wanted to do this to a white woman.”

The assailant said he had a knife and would kill her if she screamed. He proceeded to pull down her pants and undid his.

She said he attempted sex, but was unable to perform.

The man proceeded to assault her sexually. Despite her sheer terror, she did not scream as she feared for her life.

The woman said her attacker apologised over and over during the incident.

“I’m so sorry that I have to do this, but I have to do this,” he told her.

“Then he left me where I was, pulled up his pants and ran away,” she said.

She was given assistance by a passing motorist, who drove her home to her husband.

The husband and wife reported the incident at the Town Hill police station where the woman said “the police were most helpful”.

A case has been opened and police have yet to make an arrest. She described the man to police as being about 30 years old and looking “respectable”.

Although the woman said she was “in a severe state of shock”, yesterday she told The Witness she was doing okay under the circumstances.

The incident has had a devastating effect on her family, she said. She described her husband’s feelings as “a thousand times worse” than her own.

“I know of many women who jog on their own and I wouldn’t want the same thing to happen to them,” she said.

“I consider myself lucky to be alive. His next victim might not be as lucky. I think this should be a warning to women not to jog on their own.”


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