Monday, 2 October 2006

Woman's night of hell, bound in boot

01/10/2006 22:53 - (SA)

Cathy Dlodlo , Die Volksblad

Bloemfontein - Graphic designer Petru Dirker prayed continuously during a hijack drama while her attacker drove around for three hours while she was lying bound in the boot of her car.

At one stage, her kidnapper threatened to dump her in an unsavoury part of the city so that she would be raped and murdered.

Another time, he threatened to kill her and dump her in a ditch next to the road.

Dirker was attacked when she stopped at her home in Universitas about 21:00 on Friday.

A man, who apparently had broken a window to get into her home, waited for her and hit her on the head with the butt of a firearm.

Threatened her continuously

She fought back, but he overpowered her and told her: "I'm going to get rid of you."

She said the only thing she could think of was that she didn't want to die. She promised to do anything as long as he didn't hurt her.

He forced her into the boot of her own car and started driving around. He stopped regularly and threatened to kill her if she made a noise or moved.

He made her sit on the passenger seat next to him after driving around for several hours. He drove to an ATM and ordered her to withdraw R3 000.

He drove back to her house and tied her to a chair and gagged her. The man took some of her possessions and loaded them into the car.

He left the car's spare keys and told her to fetch the car in Lesotho the next day. He thanked her for her co-operation before leaving.

She managed to free herself about 02:00 and chopped a hole in the door so she could get out.

Spoke fluent Afrikaans

Dirker went to neighbours who called the police.

She received trauma counselling after the ordeal and said her attacker was in his forties and spoke Afrikaans fluently. She had never seen him before.

A police spokesperson said Dirker's attacker had taken her car and possessions valued at R80 000.

Her car is a 1994 metallic dark-blue Toyota Corolla with registration number DCZ 552 NW.


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