2009-03-19 : Woman's mercy call to her husband

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2009-03-19 : Woman's mercy call to her husband

Postby GOSA » Wed, 2009-04-15 11:21

Woman's mercy call to her husband
March 12 2009 at 01:37PM



By Natasha Prince


"They're attacking me. I've been shot. You need to come now!"


Those were the words that greeted John Clements on Wednesday when he
answered a call from his wife, Christine, after she had been shot by
robbers near Du Noon when she stopped to check her tyres on the N7
highway.


Christine Clements, who was shot in the stomach, on Wednesday
underwent surgery at Milnerton Medi-Clinic to remove the bullet from
her torso. She was in a stable condition on Thursday morning.


'She realised this could be a problem and quickly got back in the car'
Her husband relayed the story of how their lives were turned upside
down on Wednesday, all because his wife thought she might have a flat
tyre.


John Clements said his wife, a 48-year-old pharmacist in Atlantis,
told him she had pulled over to the side of the road because her car
was pulling to the left.


She told him she first drove a short distance past the Du Noon
informal settlement to an area where several workers were standing on
the roadside. She believed she would be safer if she stopped there.


She said she then ran quickly around the vehicle, checking the tyres.
She was approached by two men as she made the quick turn around her
car. "She realised this could be a problem and quickly got back in the
car," he said.


But the robbers got into a fight with his wife. They fired a single
shot through the side window of the car.


They also snatched her cellphone, her pharmacy notebook and her
cigarettes before fleeing the scene. That was when Christine Clements
called her husband for help.


Milnerton police spokesperson Inspector Daphne Dell said they were
investigating charges of attempted murder and robbery.


This article was originally published on page 3 of Cape Argus on March
12, 2009
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