Elderly Scottsville woman attacked

It is alleged that the gardener, who used a panga to hold up the 87-year-old woman, assaulted, suffocated and attempted to rape her.

The man allegedly gained entry through the back door of the home which the woman had left open to let her dog out.

During the hour-long ordeal, the man allegedly began his attack in her bathroom, throwing the woman to the floor and pushing her head between the wash basin and the toilet. He then tried to suffocate her with the hat that he was wearing.

He then allegedly dragged the woman to the bedroom where he took off her underwear and tried to rape her.

When he was unsuccessful, he locked her in the room and fled the scene towards Durban Road with the woman’s cellphone and house keys.

The woman screamed for help through the window and was heard by men across the road who alerted the police.

SAPS spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese confirmed the incident and case of house robbery sexual assault has been opened.  No arrests have been made.

Maritzburg sun reporter

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