NI woman rescued after shoot-out

DurbanMs Carlyle was taken to a township near Durban

A Londonderry woman who is now living in South Africa has been rescued from hijackers following a police shoot-out.

The police found 59-year-old Dorothy Carlyle beaten and stabbed in the boot of her car in Durban.

She was trapped there for 10 hours while her attackers partied outside and waited to collect money from her bank account.

Mrs Carlyle was taken to hospital for treatment following her ordeal.

Her daughter Brooke said the three hijackers actually came to their home to target her mother.

“My sister and I were here at the house at the time.

“We did hear a scream but thought nothing of it at the time, we just went shopping for Mum’s birthday present after we thought she left for her work.

“At around 17:00 (local time) we tried to phone her but her phone was off, so we got in touch with the police and private security investigators and started to try and track where she was.

“Then they just narrowed the area down to the last signal of her phone. There were helicopters in the air and units on the ground going door to door and they found her in the boot of the car.

“She was relieved to be found, she was incredibly strong the whole time, but she was thankful they had found her.”

The BBC’s Africa producer Kate Forbes said the incident has shocked people in Durban.

“Dorothy was in a middle class suburb of Durban at 14:30 local time, a normal afternoon when she was car jacked.


“She was beaten and stabbed, and bundled into the boot of her vehicle.

“Her attackers then drove her to the township of KwaMashu, 20 miles north of Durban, but stopped on the way to withdraw money from her bank account.

“She did manage to activate the tracking device, which a lot of cars have in South Africa, so your car can be tracked by a satellite.

“The reasons she was kept for 10 hours was to allow them to get as much money as they could out of her account, more than the daily limit.

“These guys were brazen, they were boasting, they were not keeping this quiet and it was because of that they came unstuck.

“The community around KwaMashu, which is quite a rough township, who didn’t like what was going on, started to let information out and that really helped what turned out to be a nationwide search.”