Busi­ness­man res­cued af­ter kid­nap­ping

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - KOWTHAR SOLOMONS

BUSI­NESS­MAN Ty­rone Bull be­lieves he was saved by a Christ­mas mir­a­cle af­ter four armed rob­bers ab­ducted him on Christ­mas Eve and threat­ened his life.

Bull was held cap­tive in a car for nearly three hours by the men, who of­fered him a lift to Cape Town from Muizen­berg.

Po­lice spokesman Lieu­tenan­tColonel An­dré Traut said Bull’s al­leged kid­nap­pers had been ar­rested and charged with kid­nap­ping, rob­bery and pos­ses­sion of a dan­ger­ous weapon.

More charges might be added as the case con­tin­ued.

The 46- year- old busi­ness­man from KwaZulu-Natal said he had left a friend’s party at about 10pm and went in search of a train back to Cape Town. When he re­alised the last one had al­ready gone, he de­cided to hitch­hike to the city.

The men, driv­ing a white Opel Corsa, stopped and of­fered to drive him to town if he paid for petrol.

Then what he had at first be­lieved to be a stroke of luck turned into a night­mare.

He said he re­alised he was trapped in the two-door car when the men drove to­wards Pollsmoor Prison, telling him, “this is where we come from, and we are not go­ing back there”.

A strug­gle en­sued, but the men threat­ened him with a gun be­fore tak­ing his wal­let, cell­phone and shoes.

They then cruised from Hout Bay to Camps Bay. Bull said he was con­vinced they were look­ing for a place to dump his body.

Fi­nally, it was as they were head­ing out of the city cen­tre that his luck changed, Bull said.

As they passed the Mount Nel­son Ho­tel, they stopped at a red traf­fic light, next to a me­ter taxi.

“I kicked the driver’s seat and man­aged to force my way to the front pas­sen­ger’s win­dow and screamed for the taxi driver to help me,” Bull said.

PIC­TURE: ADRIAN DE KOCK

RES­CUED: Ty­rone Bull, who was kid­napped.

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