20090703 Top criminologist Prof Anna van der Hoven fights back fiercely
July 1 2009 Despite being hit over the head repeatedly with a garden spade, renowned South African criminologist Professor Anna van der Hoven continued to fiercely fight off her attacker. The 64-year-old Unisa-based criminologist's struggle lasted several minutes until she lost consciousness as her attacker, who had been building a water feature in her garden for her, throttled her and tried to smother her on the lawn of her Lyttelton home before he punched her bloodied and bruised face over and over again.
The attacker then ran into Van der Hoven's Glover Avenue home before he fled with a laptop, handbag and cash, leaving her bleeding profusely from her wounds. A neighbouring domestic worker had spotted the attacker fleeing and alerted police, who caught him moments later as he fled along Lenchen Avenue. At the time of going to press, Van der Hoven declined, through her nephew, Fritz Cloete, to speak to the Pretoria News about her ordeal. However, Cloete painted a grim picture about what had happened.
"She is still traumatised and does not want to speak about what happened, but what I can say is that it was a bloody and brutal attack." Cloete recalled his aunt's description of the attack, which occurred shortly after the labourer's supervisors left to collect supplies for the water feature. The man ambushed her as she walked out of her house to bring him a cup of tea, hitting her repeatedly over the head with a spade.
"It took my aunt completely by surprise. I do not think she even knew what was happening or who was attacking her," he said. 'She remembers trying to break free and screaming'
He described Van der Hoven's recollection of how she fell to the ground and then desperately tried to break free from her attacker's hands as her face was pushed into the soil before the 28-year-old man tried to strangle her. "She remembers trying to break free and screaming and trying to get out of the grip, but the rest is a blank. She remembers up until then, but then nothing else, because when he was on top of her strangling and punching her, she passed out," he said. Cloete said Van der Hoven, who had lived alone with her cats at her Drummorgan security complex for the past year, was traumatised by what had happened. "Although she has been moved out of the intensive care unit to a general ward, she is still very sore. She is battling to speak and has a neck brace on." She also had deep gashes to the back of her head. Cloete, in describing his aunt, who has worked at Unisa all her professional life, said that while she was loving and kind and not threatening, she was no pushover. "The evidence of this is the way she fought back when she was attacked." Unitas Hospital spokeswoman Melisha Pather said Van der Hoven had been moved out of the intensive care unit and was recovering in a general ward. This article was originally published on page 1 of Pretoria News on July 03, 2009 http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=vn20090703053153426C788267
20090704 Two elderly women attacked on KZN farm
2009-07-05 Two elderly women were assaulted by four armed men on their farm in Hilton near Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Sunday. At 04:00 on Saturday morning, Julia Braine, 62, awoke to find four men standing over her bed, two of them brandishing knives, said Senior Superintendent Harry Budhram. They dragged Braine from her bed and demanded cash and firearms which she told them she didn't have. They then hit her in the face and dragged her outside where they continued beating her.Two men went back into the house and Braine was able to run to a neighbour's home where she called the police. A second woman in the house, Rosaline Posel, 73, was awoken by the commotion and found two men in the kitchen."The men demanded money from her, to which she also subsequently replied that she did not have any, resulting in the two men assaulting her on her face," said Budhram.The four men looted the house. During this Posel escaped and hid inside the house. Various electronic goods were stolen as well as Braine's handbag which contained R500 in cash as well as personal documents and bank cards. Brain and Posel suffered injuries to their faces and received medical treatment. Anyone with information about the attackers was asked to call Detective Constable Thobani Nxele on 033-845-6525 or 072-108-1738. http://www.news24.com/Content/Africa/News/965/6ce4b93d39d1464abb5655357bf7e5d2/05-07-2009%2002-07/Robbers_wake_up_woman_in_bed
20090704 Dismembered woman’s torso in burning suitcase, Lyttelton, Pretoria
Pretoria - A woman's torso was found in a burning suitcase on the banks of a stream in Pretoria on Saturday afternoon, Lyttelton police spokeswoman Eveline Hardaker said. The suitcase with the torso was discovered by a passer-by. The body's head, arms and legs had been cut off from the torso, she said.
The torso wore a white and orange T-shirt. http://www.news24.com/Content/SouthAfrica/News/1059/4904597dfd54422a80fb904c11952eaf/05-07-2009%2010-07/Burning_body_found_in_suitcase