Thursday, July 31, 2008

Two women, one thing in common...

I wonder what that could be..? Ah yes, crime.

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Two women have been attacked - one of them stabbed - in Claremont in separate incidents.

Police report that a 44-year-old teacher was walking to work along Main Road on Tuesday when a car stopped a few metres in front of her. When she walked past, one of the occupants got out and grabbed her handbag.

The woman held on to her bag but the suspect took out a knife and stabbed her on her palm and forearm and then fled with the bag.

The woman was taken to hospital where she has been described to be in a serious but stable condition.

In the second incident, a 60-year-old woman was attacked by a man at her home in Palmyra Road.

Police say she was attacked when she went outside to put her dustbin in the walkway. The man is alleged to have held a screwdriver to her neck and demanded to be taken inside, where he tied up the woman and locked her inside the bathroom and stole her valuables before fleeing.

Police spokesperson Angie Latchman said no arrests had been made at this stage and she urged anyone who has information to call the Claremont police on 021 657 2252.

Meanwhile, a second man wanted in connection with the abduction and rape of a 32-year-old woman has been arrested by Philippi East police.

The suspect and his alleged accomplice were to appear in the Athlone magistrate's court on Wednesday. It is alleged that the two men abducted the woman in Manenberg on Sunday, held her hostage overnight at a house in Lower Crossroads and repeatedly raped her.

A 27-year-old man was arrested on Monday Police spokesperson Inspector Nondumiso Paul said on Tuesday that the second suspect had been arrested by police on Monday evening.

The woman had been taken to a place of safety as she was extremely traumatised by the incident, Paul said.

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