Woman fends off knife-wielding attacker

Two men attacked a woman in her car on Friday morning at a quiet intersection.

03 September 2018 | Crime

Annelien Derks, victim; "I was so shocked I couldn’t get a word out, I just reacted,”

Jessica Botes

A local woman was attacked by two men at an intersection in Swakopmund on Friday morning .

Annelien Derks told Erongo that she was driving into town at 06:00 to pick up a security guard when she made a stop at the intersection between Anton Lubowski street and Südstrand street.

“I was waiting for two vehicles driving in Südstrand street to pass before turning into that street. As the second car was driving by, two men approached my vehicle. The one man had a knife and he opened my door and tried to pull me out of the vehicle.

“I immediately grabbed hold of my steering wheel and was holding on for dear life while he was trying to pull me out of the car. As I started to lose my grip on the steering wheel, I remembered that I had a steak knife in my car door. I let go of the steering wheel and grabbed the knife as I fell out of the car.

“In that moment I managed to stab the man in the leg. He let me go and ran away. The whole time this was happening the other man just stood in front of my car. He didn’t do or say anything. I was so shocked I couldn’t get a word out, I just reacted,” said Derks.

Derks got back in her vehicle and drove away. She said she did not notice that the man who was pulling her out of the vehicle was trying to stab her.

“When I picked my maid up, she asked me if I was alright because my jacket had holes in. That is when I realised that the man had stabbed me three times, luckily the jacket was a bit big so the knife did not touch me,” she said.

Still shaken by the incident, Derks said she is just happy that her children were not in the vehicle with her that morning. She said she suspected something might be amiss a few days ago when she noticed a plastic bag with a beer bottle inside hanging from her front gate.

“I asked a friend in the police if he thought my house might be marked but he said I should not worry about it. After this incident I do think that they did mark my house. I am just glad I reacted the way I did and that they did not hurt me.”

Derks reported the matter to the police.

Similar News


Child rapist gets 35 years behind bars

3 months ago - 18 February 2019 | Crime

Otis Finck - Dragan Vujicin (68) was sentenced to 35 years direct imprisonment on five counts of rape and four counts of human trafficking involving...

Crime briefs

4 months ago - 28 January 2019 | Crime

A number of breakthroughs were made with regard to the spate of robberies which occurred in Omaruru recently.At the same time numerous persons were also...

Hundreds of illegal weapons confiscated

5 months ago - 07 January 2019 | Crime

Leandrea Louw - A total of 181 cases were reported in the Erongo region from 26 January to 4 January, during the nationwide launch of...


5 months ago - 31 December 2018 | Crime

Son discovers decomposed body of father The semi-decomposed body of Karel Heinz Traupe (76) was discovered in Swakopmund. Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu...

Twenty-one shacks destroyed in one week

6 months ago - 10 December 2018 | Crime

Leandrea Louw - Community members took justice into their own hands and attacked two men suspected of burning down 11 shacks and a house, and...

Police and community tackle crime

6 months ago - 03 December 2018 | Crime

A meeting between the police and leaders of different community structures took place at the Mondesa Multipurpose Centre on Wednesday as the police prepares for...

Vicious murder leaves country in shock

7 months ago - 05 November 2018 | Crime

Jessica BotesA single mother and her daughter had been living in Swakopmund for almost a year when tragedy struck. On Friday afternoon at 16:00, Lindie...

Tourist robbers sentenced to ten months imprisonment

7 months ago - 05 November 2018 | Crime

Leandrea Louw Junior Noah Tangi Immanuel (28), Ian Harding (26) and Ipinge Herold (29) were convicted and each sentenced to ten months imprisonment on...

Neighbourhood watch can benefit Mondesa

8 months ago - 15 October 2018 | Crime

Adolf Kaure The community liaison officer at the Mondesa police station, constable Cliff Kaujova, says the introduction of a neighbourhood watch in Mondesa could help...

Forum to tackle corruption head on

8 months ago - 08 October 2018 | Crime

Otis FinckAs much as 50% of persons sitting in top managerial, directorship and leadership positions have been appointed through corrupt recruitment processes. “The nation therefore...

Latest News


1 day - 17 June 2019 | Fishing

Sunday, 16 June High 02:39 Low 08:47 High 15:10 Low 20:58 Monday, 17 June High 03:18 Low ...

Lagoon area cleaned up

2 days ago - 16 June 2019 | Events

Walvis Bay • Otis Finck Eighty-three volunteers (64 adults and 19 children) pitched for the ­second edition of the Walvis Bay Lagoon clean-up operation...

Boerewors producers tantalise taste buds...

2 days ago - 16 June 2019 | Events

Swakopmund - Otis Finck Stefan Erasmus, Benjamim Isak, his daughter Ruusa Isak and Ursula Malan are the coastal representatives in the Shoprite/Checkers Boerewors Competition...

Unique partnership benefits hospital ...

2 days ago - 16 June 2019 | Health

Swakopmund - Otis Finck Steckels Toyota resolved to partner with and address a number of maintenance issues at the Swakopmund State Hospital. Rene...

Pro-Ed vier kaalvoetdag

2 days ago - 16 June 2019 | Education

Die ATKV Duine-tak van Pro-Ed Akademie op Swakopmund het onlangs hul jaarlikse kaalvoetdag gevier. Hier skenk leerlinge hul skoene aan die tak om dit aan...

Kuisebmond narrowly beats S.I. !Gobs...

2 days ago - 16 June 2019 | Sports

Walvis Bay - Adolf KaureKuisebmond Secondary School (KSS) defeated S.I. !Gobs Secondary School 3-2 in a thrilling FBN Classic Clashes soccer match at the Kuisebmond...

School gets classrooms and computers

2 days ago - 16 June 2019 | Education

Karibib Private School editorial team The Grade 1 parents of Karibib Private School (KPS) officially handed over a refurbished classroom to the school.The handing...

New Lions president elected

2 days ago - 16 June 2019 | Local News

Swakopmund - Adolf KaureHeiko Zicker was elected at the new president of the Lions Club Swakopmund during the club's 60th anniversary celebration in Swakopmund recently.Zicker,...

Protecting the ocean

2 days ago - 16 June 2019 | Local News

Walvis Bay - Otis Finck World Oceans Day is commemorated on 8 June to raise awareness of the ocean, its importance and how...

Load More