Boy held at knifepoint as mother gang-raped
Gareth Wilson email@example.com
A MORNINGSIDE woman was savagely gang-raped by five armed black robbers while her four-year-old son lay helplessly beside her.
The violent home invasion in Port Elizabeth took place in Peking Street early yesterday.
It is the first reported house robbery involving rape in Port Elizabeth since the start of the World Cup.
Police spokesman Warrant Officer Precious Timla said the black gunmen gained access through a window of the garden cottage at about 3am.
The woman was woken by the sound of voices in the cottage. “The next thing, the black men had pinned her down to the bed,” Timla said. “They held a gun to her head and demanded her bank cards and pin code before taking turns raping her while her son was in the room watching.”
They reportedly also held a knife to her son’s throat to force her to co-operate.
The gunmen then threatened to take her son hostage while they went to the bank to withdraw money, but the woman managed to persuade them to leave him behind.
“We are not sure what transpired between her and the robbers, but they ended up leaving the child behind,” Timla said.
Although there were no signs of forced entry, a police source said the windows were old and did not close properly, and it was presumed that the black robbers had entered the cottage through one of them.
Some of the attackers climbed back out through the window, while the others left by the back door. The window hinges were loose and slammed when the robbers left, waking the property owner living on the same grounds.
He got up to investigate and caught a glimpse of the fleeing men. “On further investigation, he found the cottage door standing open and the woman lying crying on the bed,” the source said.
Police were immediately notified.
Three of the men were armed with pistols, while another is thought to have had a toy gun,” Timla said.
The severely traumatised woman was taken to hospital and later discharged. “The woman is highly emotional and very traumatised,” the policeman said. “The little boy is also very shaken.”