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Durban - A pregnant woman climbed over a wall and jumped several metres down into her neighbour’s yard in a desperate attempt to avoid robbers who stormed her uMhlanga home on Wednesday.
The teacher, on maternity leave, was in her home in Chestnut Crescent, Prestondale, when five men forced opened the kitchen door and held up her domestic worker, who was washing dishes.
Hearing noises, the teacher fled through the back door into the garden. While climbing over the wall, she triggered the security alarm.
Police spokesman, Captain Thulani Zwane, said the robbers demanded cash from the domestic worker and took two television sets, jewellery and clothing.
A case of armed robbery was opened at Durban North police station.
A neighbour, Jackie Warren, said police and Marshall Security guards responded to the incident.
“There is a sheer drop at the back. I would not have jumped, but I guess she was acting on adrenalin. She was a complete wreck emotionally, and at the time was in a state of shock,” Warren said.
Marshall Security spokesman, Tyron Powell, said the woman was traumatised.
He said she had fallen while climbing over the wall, and had been taken to hospital.
Powell said his company received a panic signal from the neighbour’s house when the woman climbed over the wall.
The guards who were the first to respond were told that the robbers were armed with guns.
“We are still unsure at what point she managed to flee and jump the wall.
“No one saw the suspect’s vehicle. The driveway gate had not been derailed,” said Powell.