Winterskloof woman’s brave fight against an intruder

2019-06-19 06:00

ARMED with only her Taser, a Winterskloof resident stood firm against an intruder in a brave fight to protect herself in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Eloise Martin (45) said she was alone at home when a man forced his way into her home on Valley Road at about 2.10 am.

Recalling her ordeal, Martin said she had been on the phone with a friend in London when the man forced his way into the house through the front door: “While I was chatting, I heard a noise and my dog barking. There was a clunk at the security gate. I thought maybe the wind had blown the door closed against the security gate and I went to check with the torch. There didn’t seem to be anybody there. I had heard a noise the other night and I thought it was nothing.

“I went back to my bedroom, but the dog didn’t calm down, it just carried on barking.”

Martin said that a few minutes later the intruder stormed into her bedroom.

“He had actually broken the lock and come in. When he appeared in the bedroom I dropped my phone and started screaming. He was right over me and I didn’t know what he was going to do. I thought he was going to hurt me but he just wanted me to keep quiet ... I think he was desperate.”

A quick-thinking Martin said she kicked in the air with her legs and the intruder backed away and she managed to grab her Taser from the bedside table. “I switched it on. It made a noise and that made him wary and he backed off right out the door. He went back down the passage.”

She said while she fended off the intruder, he picked up a glass vase: “I think he wanted to hit me on the head with it. I put my arm up and he hit my stomach with the vase, and it broke on the floor. I came forward with the Taser because he was scared of it.”

Martin said the man, who she estimated was in his 30s, tried to go out the gate and realised that the gates were locked. “I think he might have been drunk. He forgot which way he’d come in. He went towards the front door and started looking on the floor for the keys. I was so scared,” she said.

The intruder grabbed a computer and went out the door. “He went into the garden and went slightly the wrong way. It was like he was intoxicated. If he hadn’t been alone I don’t know what would have happened. He could have killed me if he had somebody with him.”

Martin said she chased the man up the driveway with the Taser and he ran out of the gate. “I shouted for him to drop my cell phone, but he didn’t,” she said. Magma security guards caught the robber running away along the road and Martin’s items were returned to her.

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