Durban - A 25-year-old lawyer, who bravely fought off two men who attacked his family after smashing their way into their house, is recovering from eight stab wounds.
Malvern resident, Ryan Chetty, will spend part of New Year’s Day having more than 30 stitches removed from his back and limbs. One robber died of his injuries in the bush nearby after the Christmas Eve attack.
Chetty’s mother, Veni, and his fiancée, Dashnee Govender, 25, have described the labour lawyer as a hero after he bravely fought off the two men who attacked them at their Chester Road home.
The three were in the lounge preparing for their Christmas celebration the next morning, when a robber threw a rock through the glass door.
The man and his accomplice forced their way into the house, first accosting Veni and wounding her with a knife.
“It happened so quickly. The men came into the house and didn’t demand any valuables or anything, they just started assaulting us,” she said.
“One of them grabbed me and slid the blade of his knife along my neck, grazing it. I thought they were going to kill me.”
Ryan, fearing they were going to slit his mother’s throat, jumped in and pushed her away from them to safety.
“They let go of her and started to attack me. He (one of the robbers) thrust his knife into my arms, back and thighs, but I didn’t feel it at that point,” Ryan said. “I just tried to fight him off.”
Govender managed to escape and locked herself in the bathroom, while Veni went in search of a weapon to ward off the men who were now assaulting her son.
“I found the leg of a table which I used like a club to beat them away. But they didn’t stop attacking him,” she said.
The scuffle continued for several minutes, eventually ending up outside.
“We got to an embankment, and I lost my balance and slipped, but before I could fall, I grabbed the guy with the knife and took him down with me. I wasn’t going to let him go after my family,” Ryan said.
Ryan and the attacker rolled down the steep embankment, both landing at the bottom, injured.
Veni said she saw her son’s attacker come to and flee into the bushes, but Ryan did not move.
“He was lying there in a pool of blood and I thought for sure he was dead. It was one of the worst moments of my life,” she said.
“But then, I saw his hand move and I screamed for my neighbours to call for help. I told them, ‘My child is dying’.
“Then members from the Queensburgh Crime Watch arrived and went after the criminals.
“I didn’t wait to see if they would get them. Dashnee and I just put Ryan into a car and rushed to hospital.”
Ryan was in hospital on Christmas Day and the Day of Goodwill.
The Chettys said this was a Christmas they would never forget, but were grateful they had managed to survive.
The chairman of Queensburgh Crime Watch, Raymond Moore, said an SAPS police dog had tracked the dying man in bush nearby.
He was identified from a description of his clothing.