Three break-ins see couple leave house

2017-08-21 13:42
Citra Chetty stands outside her Bisley Heights home, which was burgled three times in the last four weeks.

Citra Chetty stands outside her Bisley Heights home, which was burgled three times in the last four weeks. (Kerushun Pillay)

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A Bisley Heights family are living in fear after experiencing three break-ins in four weeks.

Citra Chetty (25) was at home with her six-month-old child on Women’s Day when a man allegedly accosted her with a knife and demanded money.

He then allegedly tried to tie her hands up with rope, but she managed to break free from his grip and sound the alarm.

Her husband, Rishaylen (21), and an employee, who were walking their dogs around the area, responded and managed to overpower the man and hand him over to police.

Thobekani Ncalane (21) made a brief appearance at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on August 11 in connection with the incident. He has been charged with house robbery.

Police spokesperson Captain Kholeka Mhlongo said Ncalane had allegedly tried to steal a DVD player and a cell phone.

A shaken Citra told The Witness that she had sustained a dislocated finger.

She said the couple were now frightened for their safety after three break-ins in quick succession, and are staying at a relative’s house.

Police confirmed two other break-ins at the home were also being investigated. In one, thieves had allegedly broken through a window and went on to cut off all alarm sensors and remove the alarm panel. “We had to reinstall the alarm that night.”

Citra said: “We don’t live here anymore. We come and drop off our [gardening] equipment and go and stay at a relative’s house. Then we come back in the morning and get everything and go.”

She added: “This is about life. We’re fearful to know what could happen to us. I can’t live here — I have a baby.”

The Witness has reported on several violent crimes in the Alexandra policing area recently.

On Friday it was reported that a pastor couple were shot dead at their home during an apparent robbery not far from where the Chettys live.

Proud Kanyungwe (32) and his wife Belinda Tarisai Mukucha (28) were murdered in front of their little girl. They were involved in the Grace International Church on Pentrich Road.

Earlier this month, an 81-year-old man shot an intruder at his Hayfields home.

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