Mel­moth tor­ture vic­tims on the mend

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Or­rin Singh

THE vic­tims of a bru­tal at­tack dur­ing a home in­va­sion in Mel­moth last week, have been dis­charged from hospi­tal.

In its Mon­day edi­tion, the ZO re­ported on the ex­ces­sive vi­o­lence used on Maria Fer­nan­des (63), pop­u­larly known as Candy and owner of the Mel­moth Pop Inn Café, and her brother Avelino Da Costa (65) on Thurs­day night, dur­ing which their as­sailants tor­tured them at their home.

Maria’s son, Johnny Fer­nan­des (41), said apart from some mi­nor com­pli­ca­tions, his mother and un­cle were do­ing rel­a­tively fine.

‘They were dis­charged from hospi­tal on Tues­day but I am tak­ing my un­cle back to hospi­tal be­cause there are some com­pli­ca­tions and we want him to have a gen­eral check-up just to make sure that he is fine.

‘Both of them still don’t re­call any­thing of the at­tack.’

It was re­ported that the sib­lings had both suf­fered from post-trau­matic am­ne­sia and have no rec­ol­lec­tion of what hap­pened to them.

‘The way I see it, it’s like her brain is try­ing to restart, she re­mem­bers all of us and cer­tain things but it’s like her brain is try­ing to catch up.

‘All the med­i­cal ex­perts we spoke to said it could take up to months for her to re­mem­ber cer­tain things.

‘If you speak to her, she re­mem­bers ev­ery­thing up un­til last week Thurs­day.’

Fer­nan­des said while it is not up to him, he doesn’t want his mother back in Mel­moth.

‘This is quite a hard thing on our fam­ily, I want to per­son­ally get her out of Mel­moth but that’s up to her, I mean she was the vic­tim of three armed rob­beries last year.

‘We will dis­cuss this as a fam­ily go­ing for­ward; if she does go back I don’t want her in the store or work­ing with money.

‘As a son I don’t ever want to see her like that again, be­cause if this hap­pens again I don’t think she will be that lucky,’ he said.

Pic­tures of Fer­nan­des’ and Da Costa’s bruised and bat­tered faces were sent to the ZO fol­low­ing the at­tack.

The im­ages pro­vided a mere glimpse into the kind of pain and tor­ture the sib­lings suf­fered at the hands of their as­sailants.

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