Women fight off intruders

2013-11-28 00:00

IN the early hours of yesterday morning two Waterfall women found themselves fighting for their lives against two intruders who just kept on coming back. And managed to fight them off.

Dawn Gadd (51) and Taryn Gadd-Fox (28) were attacked in their home in the Stonehurst residential complex off Brackenhill Road in Waterfall.

Gadd was awoken by one of her dogs, said her step-daughter Gadd-Fox. “I was asleep at the time but my step-mother was awoken by her Dachshund coming into her bedroom and whining and pawing her trying to wake her up.

“She got up and went to the kitchen to find a guy standing there holding a wooden plank with nails in it. She shouted at him to get out and he took a swing at her. She grabbed the plank and managed to get it away from him and began swinging at him.”

The man ran off and Gadd ran back to her room to get her cellphone to call for help. She returned to the kitchen to find the first attacker had returned with an accomplice.

At this stage Gadd-Fox woke up. “I ran into the kitchen and there were two men there. I screamed blue murder.”

The two men fled and left the property via the swing gates, which they had earlier prized apart to gain entry.

The two women ran outside calling for help. “When the men heard us shouting ‘Help us! Help us!’ they must have realised we were alone and vulnerable and they came back,” said Gadd-Fox.

Then began a desperate battle at the swing gates — the men trying to open them and the women trying to keep them closed. “We were holding onto the gate for dear life,” said Gadd-Fox.

“They grabbed my step-mum’s cell phone. They were banging the hell out of the gate. One of them tried to crawl under and I gave him a kick. We fought for our lives.

“They must have been on whoonga or something. When I kicked him he never made a sound. Neither of them ever made a sound or said anything.”

The women also battled to keep the weapon. “We fought for our lives. The worst part of it was the screaming. We just wanted a light to go on.”

When a neighbour set off an alarm, the men ran off.

Yesterday the two women were given trauma counselling and also received medical attention. “My step-mum’s fingers are swollen from being hit and her arm is quite damaged from swinging the wooden plank.

“We were both badly cut by the nails and have had tetanus injections.”

The police confirmed the incident and said Hillcrest police were investigating a case of house robbery. At the time of going to press no arrests have been made and the investigation is continuing.

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