Woman (79) raped

2019-02-18 10:11
Police are looking for these men  for questioning in connection with  a rape that took place in the Plessislaer area on New Year’s Eve.

Police are looking for these men for questioning in connection with a rape that took place in the Plessislaer area on New Year’s Eve.

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An elderly Bellevue woman was tied up and raped on the grassy verge outside her home on Thursday night.

The 79-year-old woman, who stays in a complex, went outside at around 7.30 pm to check if her plants had been watered when she noticed a man standing near her carport.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese said the woman asked the man what he was doing in her yard when he grabbed her and pushed her down on the grass.

Ngobese said the woman had tried to scream out but the attacker told her to “shut up” and bound her wrists and ankles with cable ties.

He then raped her before leaving her tied up outside and entering her home.

It was reported that the verge where the woman was raped was not visible to other residents and nobody had heard her screams.

The elderly woman lives with a relative who was not home when the incident occurred.

Ngobese said the woman managed to get free from the cable ties and ran to a neighbour for help. While waiting for police the woman discovered that three cellphones and a flat screen TV had been stolen from her home.

Besides bruising, the woman had minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Police are still searching for the rapist.

DA ward councillor in the area, Vic Winterbach, said he was appalled by the attack on a defenceless and elderly person. He criticised the municipality for failing to clear unkempt grass and fix faulty street lights, saying this leads to crime.

Meanwhile, Plessislaer police are also appealing for help in locating two men in connection with a rape case that took place in their area on New Year’s Eve.

Ngobese said a 20-year-old woman left her home in Kwamnyandu location at around 7 pm to buy airtime when a white Cressida with two men stopped beside her on the road.

The woman was forced into the car and her eyes were covered. She was driven to an abandoned house, assaulted and raped.

After she was released the woman realised she was in the Dambuza area.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Warrant Officer Mthembu on 071 454 5159 or 033 398 9614.

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