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Metro police's swift action saves disabled pensioner in brutal assault

by City of Cape Town
on 09 Apr 2008
City of Cape Town
City of Cape Town

The swift action of three Metro Police officers saved the life of an elderly, disabled pensioner from Bonteheuwel and led to the arrest of his assailant.

The Metro Police officers rushed to the aid of the disabled Mr John Petersen [60] who was attacked outside his home in 63 Bluegum Street in Bonteheuwel.

According to Metro Police spokesman, Nowellen Petersen, a resident who witnessed the attack on Friday, 4 April alerted the Metro Police office in Bonteheuwel.

"They immediately rushed to the scene, investigated and arrested a 26-year-old man who is now in custody at the Bishop Lavis police station. The reason for the attack is not known," he said.

Mr Petersen, who is mentally challenged, was so severely beaten that he needs to undergo an operation.

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MEDIA RELEASE
NO. 135/2008
08 APRIL 2008


ISSUED BY:
COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT
CITY OF CAPE TOWN
TEL: 021 400 3719

MEDIA QUERIES:
NOWELLEN PETERSEN
CELL: 078 701 5289



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