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Mother robbed at knifepoint at home, in broad daylight

Two cell phones and R20 almost cost the life of a 48-year-old mother recently. Sarah Adams was checking that all the doors and windows of her house in Promosa were locked before leaving to visit her aunt at around noon a fortnight ago. Just before then, she had noticed a man at her front door …

Two cell phones and R20 almost cost the life of a 48-year-old mother recently.

Sarah Adams was checking that all the doors and windows of her house in Promosa were locked before leaving to visit her aunt at around noon a fortnight ago. Just before then, she had noticed a man at her front door who was allegedly looking for her daughter. When she told him that she was not in, she saw him turn around and leave.

Suddenly, she heard a noise behind her and someone grabbed her and pushed a knife against her neck. “I recognised him as the man I had seen earlier. He kept warning me not to scream or he would kill me,” she told the Herald, still obviously shaken by her ordeal. “He wanted money, but I told him I didn’t have any. Then I remembered I had some loose change in my handbag. It came to about R20.”

The suspect took the money and two Nokia cell phones before tying her up with her shoelaces and ordering her to lie down on the floor. Adams still has nightmares about being violated and robbed in her own home, especially in broad daylight. She says it was the most traumatic thing that has ever happened to her. “I feel like a prisoner in my own home. I lock myself up at night and I can’t sleep.

I will only feel safe when he is behind bars.” Adams, who sustained minor injuries to her neck and fingers, says it is only by God’s grace that she was not killed or raped. The Ikageng Police spokesperson, W/O Ishmael Mohutsioa says no arrests have yet been made, but the police are looking for a slender African man in his late thirties. He was wearing navy blue jeans and a checked shirt at the time of the robbery.

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