Kidnapped by neighbour

2017-06-08 13:38
A father and a friend sit on their property looking at the house next door where his 20-year-old woman was kept prisoner for six days.INSET: The woman shows marks on her arms where she was cut with a sharp object.

A father and a friend sit on their property looking at the house next door where his 20-year-old woman was kept prisoner for six days.INSET: The woman shows marks on her arms where she was cut with a sharp object. (Ian Carbutt)

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Tied, tormented and raped for six days. That is the horrific ordeal a woman from Edendale suffered at the hands of her “neighbour”.

The 20-year-old woman was visiting a friend when she went missing on May 27 . It was only after she did not return home the following day that her family started to become concerned.

The alarm was raised and a search was launched. Her frantic parents went to hospitals and mortuaries around the city looking for her and also prayed for her safe return.

Her mother filed a missing person report with the police on May 31.

Little did she know her daughter was being kept at a house a stone’s throw away from her home.

Speaking to The Witness, the woman, who had visible scratches on her arm, recounted her nightmare.

“I was on my way home around 6.30 pm when he called me into the house, saying he wanted to ask something.

“He was inside the house and the gate was open, he told me to come in, when I did he jumped up and locked the gate and the door.”

The visibly shaken woman said she was then pushed into one of the rooms in the house where her tormentor tied her hands with a bandage.

“He locked me in one of the rooms and told me crying will not help. He also threatened to kill me if I screamed.

“Every time I tried to scream he blocked my mouth with his hand or cut my arm with a sharp object and threatened to slit my throat,” she said.

The house where she was kept was previously used as a crèche but has since been occupied by those suspected of using whoonga and other drugs in the area­.

“There are a lot of people going in and out of that house that is why we didn’t think she would be there,” said her mother. “I was heartbroken when I found out she was in my backyard and none of us could help her.”

Last Friday, the woman managed to flee from the clutches of her abuser.

“One of his friends came to the house to smoke and left the door open and I managed to escape. I ran home and collapsed at the front door. I had not eaten for six days. I think he was going to rape me and end up killing me when he was done.”

The family has urged police to arrest the suspect because they fear he could return to harm their daughter.

Plessislaer police spokesperson Captain Musa Ntombela said police are investigating a case of rape and kidnapping and an arrest is imminent.

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