Derry woman stabbed in SA kidnap ordeal

Published Thursday, 04 October 2012
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A Londonderry woman is recovering after being kidnapped, stabbed and beaten, by hijackers in South Africa.

Derry woman stabbed in SA kidnap ordeal
South African police fired shots at the scene where the kidnap victim was found. (© Getty)

Dorothy Carlyle, who now lives in the Durban North area of South Africa, was found by police in the boot of her car after a ten-hour ordeal which also saw money taken from her bank account.

The 59-year-old had been left bound and gagged while, according to reports, her captors partied.

It is understood that three men in their 20s were behind the kidnapping - two made off during a police shoot-out, but a third was arrested.

Two 15-year-old girls, who were said to be guarding the victim, were also arrested at the scene.

Ms Carlyle was taken to hospital for treatment, where she was reunited with her family.

One of her daughters, Lauren Millar told South African newspaper The Mercury, about how her mum described what had happened to her after she had her car keys taken from her at knifepoint.

"She said many people got in and out of the car and she was being shown off like a trophy. They tied her up ... They slapped her if she spoke and they stabbed her with a screwdriver," Lauren said.

At one point during her ordeal, Ms Carlyle believed she overheard an argument about who was going to be the one to kill her.

"She was so emotional. But she told us everything," her daughter added.

According to the newspaper, police spokesman Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed that three suspects would appear in court on Thursday charged with kidnapping and hijacking.

© UTV News
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