Man thrown from train by robbers for defending pregnant woman

2016-05-04 10:51


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Cape Town - A 27-year-old man was left with a fractured spine after robbers threw him from a moving train for coming to the defence of a pregnant woman, a report has said.

The man was commuting to work last week when nine men began to rob passengers on his carriage near Firgrove Station outside Somerset West, the Daily Voice reported.

The man’s brother told the daily he stood up against the robbers to defend a "highly pregnant woman".

He was hit on the back of the head with a crowbar, stabbed in his head, arm and back, and thrown out of the carriage while the train was still moving.

He managed to call the police and an ambulance before losing consciousness.

He was only found a few hours later, and transported to Tygerberg Hospital where he is being treated for a fractured spinal cord and punctured lung.

Western Cape police confirmed the incident to News24, and said a robbery is under investigation.

"The case docket was registered by Parow Saps after the victim was interviewed in hospital and transferred to Somerset West," Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut said on Wednesday.

No one has been arrested as yet, Traut added.

Other incidents

In January, a 15-year-old boy was killed after he was hit by a moving train, also in Firgrove, News24 reported.

The boy was understood to have been on his way to school in Somerset West.

Last month, a KwaZulu-Natal man was critically injured when he was hit by a train in the Nhlungwane area near Ulundi, News24 reported.

The man was found under the train and had sustained critical injuries, but survived, paramedics said.

And in February, another 15-year-old boy died after falling from a moving train between Bellville and Kuilsriver, News24 reported.

Police said students were standing at an open door when the boy fell from the train close to Stikland.

No foul play was suspected in that incident.

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