White Germiston couple endure brutal attack Dec 9 2010

Karl Gaiduschek, 80, survives brutal 3-hour beating, Dec 9 2010 – friend Ursula Arkner, 76, died of heart attack afterwards

Dec 31 2010 – GERMISTON, Klopper Park. Marius Avenant writes that ‘an attack on 80-year old man and his 76-year old lady friend on December 9 2010 still is not deemed important enough to be reported in the newspaper or on the news.”  Today, when the story was placed on Facebook, his daughter wrote:

  • Liza Gaiduschek “Thank you Marius Avenant for placing this article – this is my father Karl Gaiduschek who has been attacked. We are not sure though about the “weapons” he has been attacked with. They did have a knife as the TV’s wires were cut and used to strangle him. It was very clear even 3 weeks afterwards by the marks on his neck, that they tried to strangle him. They did however come in through the front and obtained the keys which was in its usual place on the TV cabinet, not to far from the door. They must have known via the new “maid” who never returned again, where it was stored. I would like to know what the police will say about this matter!” http://www.facebook.com/LizaMarx

Unarmed old man beaten in bed:

On Thursday 9 December 2010 at 12h00 – in broad daylight – Mr Karl Gaiduschek (80) was resting in his Klopper Park, Germiston, residence, when his partner, Ms Ursula Arkner (76) was attacked by three blacks, who apparently gained access via the backyard and a door that was left unlocked. Ms Arkner was tied up and Mr Gaiduschek was attacked and beaten while he was still laying in the bed. It is said that he refused to give them the keys to his safe. He was beaten and strangled until he was unconscious and laying bloody and almost dead. The attackers spent the next 3 hours assaulting him and ransacking the house. They left the scene with Ms Arkner’s vehicle – taking with them clothing, food, liquor, cellphones etc.

Ms Arkner had to listen to her partner being assaulted and eventually she managed to free herself and pressed the panic button – which did not function. Her daughter’s friend later turned up with the police.  It is believed that she called for help by telephone.Ms Arkner stated at that time that she ‘was not hurt’ and refused medical attention. Mr Gaiduschek was hospitalized and is recovering physically, but is very weak and severely traumatized. Ms Arkner died in her sleep last Monday night December 20 2010 – presumably from the after-effects of the shock and the trauma she went through. For Mr Gaiduschek it will be a long road to recovery.” http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001566674423

  • Tel Germiston Police crime office  011 871 5000

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Attacks on ‘white ‘ residents in greater Johannesburg since June 1 2010

 

ATTACKS AGAINST WHITE JOBURG CITIZENS JUNE_DEC312010

http://www.farmitracker.com 

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Why was this not reported to the news media? Why was Mrs Arkner not offered trauma-counselling?

  • We sent the following request to the SAPS Gauteng media liaison office, Lt-Col Lungelo Dlamini (Contact numbers : 082 411 5311 E-mail : gpmedia@saps.org.za Tel (011) 274 7373 Cell: 082 411 5311 Email: gpmedia@saps.org.za

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Urgent to Lt -col. Lungelo Dlamini, SAPS Gauteng Media Liaison Office of the Provincial Commissioner Dec 31 2010 –

Subject:  December 9 2010 – assault and armed house-robbery against Mr Karl Gaiduschek, 80, Klopper Park, Germiston

I am enquiring about a crime-incident targetting frail elderly people in the Germiston area, which the SAPS has not bothered to report to the local news media. Since May 2010, a group of people have started maintaining an online archive of all such violent crime incidents which are not reported by the SA police… but should be.

Could you please comment on/confirm the following crime:

  • On Thursday 9 December 2010 at 12h00 – in broad daylight – Mr Karl Gaiduschek (80) was resting in his Klopper Park, Germiston, residence, when his life-partner, Ms Ursula Arkner (76) was attacked by three males with knobkieries inside their home. Old Ms Arkner was tied up and the unarmed Mr Gaiduschek was attacked with knobkieries and beaten while he was still laying in bed. He was beaten until he was unconscious and laying bloody and almost dead. The attackers spent the next 3 hours assaulting him and ransacking the house. They left the scene with Mrs Arkner’s vehicle – taking with them clothing, food, liquor, cellphones. Throughout this attack, Ms Arkner had to listen to her partner being assaulted and eventually she managed to free herself and pressed the panic button – which did not function. Her daughter’s friend later turned up with the police.  It is believed that she called for help by telephone. Ms Arkner stated at that time that she ‘was not hurt’ and refused medical attention. However trauma-counselling was not offered to her either. Mr Gaiduschek was hospitalized and is recovering physically, but is very weak and severely traumatized. Ms Arkner died in her sleep last Monday night December 20 2010 –  doctors presume that her death was due to the after-effects of the shock and the trauma she went through.”

QUESTION 1: I would appreciate your advice as to the accuracy of the description above, i .e. did this incident take place as described?

QUESTION 2: Did the Germiston police obtain or even offer any trauma-counselling to these frail victims of this heinous crime against two defenceless pensioners? If not, why not?

QUESTION 3: Has anyone been arrested? If yes, please advise when they will appear on court, where and on which date. Please advise the contact number of the investigating officer and name so that we may follow up this case by obtaining counselling and support for Mr Gaiduschek during the trial.

Thank you.

Adriana Stuijta.j.stuijt@knid.nl

 

also: contact for Victims empowerment programme NICRO Germiston + 27 (0)11 873- 6976

About Adriana Stuijt
Retired South African-Dutch journalist formerly Sunday Times Johannesburg

4 Responses to White Germiston couple endure brutal attack Dec 9 2010

  1. Christer says:

    Im his swedish son…Father have passed away now,all because this happened..I meet them in mars 2010,they feel so fine,and now both of them passed away because this bastards…

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I would just like to update the report on my father, Karl Gaiduschek. He died on 13 February 2011 in hospital.

  3. Poul Arkner says:

    Hi, I am Poul Arkner Ursula Arkner’s grandson… On the day of her death my dad and I were at his work about to leave when he got a phone call from his niece saying that Ursula won’t wake up… My dad and I rushed to the house and went in her room… There she was… Just lying there … No response… I went up to her praying to God and asking Him to let her R.I.P … The paramedics arrived and told us that she probably died at about 01:00 in the morning… By this time rigamortes had set in… It Was Terrible News… All I can say is that I hope they caught those 3 men… I do forgive them… But they must get punished… And once Karl had recovered he went to a German old age home where he refused to eat…He later died… R.I.P guys… Love you Ouma:)

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