Hilton teacher attacked in house robbery

2016-09-05 12:14
Hilton College Headmaster Peter Ducasse said the campus security personnel and the SAPS responded to this incident and a full investigation is under way.

Hilton College Headmaster Peter Ducasse said the campus security personnel and the SAPS responded to this incident and a full investigation is under way. (File)

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A Hilton College teacher, Charmaine Padayachee, was hit in the face and tied up with her two young sons in a brazen house robbery on the school estate in the early hours of Saturday.

Sources said the traumatised mother woke up during the night to find intruders in her home. They threw a blanket over her and in the process hit her in the face. Her two young boys were also brought to the bedroom and put in the bed with her while the gang raided the house.

At around the same time a neighbouring staff home was also ransacked by men believed to be part of the same gang.

On Sunday Padayachee’s husband, AJ Padayachee, who is a police officer, declined to comment on the incident.

He was reportedly not at home when the robbery took place.

Hilton College confirmed on Sunday that the two incidents occurred at staff houses.

Hilton College headmaster Peter Ducasse said in a statement: “I confirm that an incident of housebreaking occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning, September 3, during which a member of staff and her sons were physically restrained by the perpetrators in order to allow them to carry out the theft without interruption or the raising of an alarm.

“Whilst this incident has, understandably, left them shaken we need to advise that they were otherwise unharmed. This is the first such incident at our school and we believe it follows the general increase in such events in the area as was reported in your paper (Weekend Witness).”

He said the school “deplores” such events and takes them extremely seriously as the safety and security of everybody on the campus is always of utmost concern.

“Our campus security personnel and the South African Police responded to this incident and a full investigation is under way. We are, however, in consultation with our security experts, taking appropriate action to further increase the levels of security on the campus,” he said.

It is believed the two houses that were burgled border a plantation and are not surrounded by other school buildings.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese also confirmed a case of house robbery had been opened.

No arrests had been made by late yesterday.

The latest crime stats released on Friday by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko showed a general increase on house robbery cases in the Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas.

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