A Cleland woman endured two terrifying hours at the hands of vicious intruder who raped her and then bashed her with a household hammer before fleeing with her laptop, TV and other household items.

Police spokesman Sergeant Mthokozi Ngobese confirmed the incident saying the woman was rushed to a local hospital where she was being treated for serious injuries.

The woman’s ordeal unfolded on Friday night as she was at home watching television. The intruder managed to gain access to the home and confronted the woman at knife-point demanding cash and valuables. Before ransacking the house he forced her into the lounge and raped her.

While ransacking the home the attacker stumbled upon the family’s concealed safe. Using a hammer the robber tried to break open the safe but failed to pry the door open.

In a rage he attacked the woman with the hammer, beating her savagely and causing severe blunt force trauma. After the assault the intruder fled the home taking with him several valuable items.

The matter was reported at Alexander Road Police Station and charges of rape, aggravated assault and robbery have been opened. Sergeant Ngobese confirmed that detectives are hunting down the perpetrator but also appealed for anyone with information to contact the police.

The vicious attack has now cast a shadow of fear in the area amongst residents, particularly those who live alone, that the perpetrator may strike again.