John Mitchell stabbed by intruder


Golden Lions rugby coach John Mitchell has become the latest high-profile victim of crime in South Africa. Intruders to his Hyde Park home stabbed him once in the arm and leg before fleeing with a laptop and cellphone, said Lions officials. The incident occurred in a security complex at around 10pm on Saturday night. Mitchell shares the home with Lions conditioning coach Wayne Taylor. Both are originally from New Zealand. Apparently Mitchell heard a commotion in the house on Saturday night and, believing it to be Taylor playing a prank on him, inadvertently attacked one of the intruders. A second man then allegedly stabbed Mitchell in the arm and thigh. Taylor was not injured in the attack. Mitchell was taken to Sandton Clinic where he received stitches to the wounds and was released on Sunday morning. Rumours that Mitchell was fighting for his life are untrue. “We at the Golden Lions have rallied around Mitch... and he'll be back at the office on Monday,” said Lions president Kevin de Klerk on Sunday night. “We have moved Mitch and Wayne Taylor to temporary accommodation and we'll get them into something more permanent as soon as possible.” ** This breaking news article was supplied exclusively to www.iol.co.za by the news desk at our sister publication The Star. The Monday edition of the newspaper will carry the full story.

Report ID: 609
Crime Category: Assault
Province: Gauteng
City/Town: JOHANNESBURG
Suburb: Hyde Park
Address: Security Complex at his house
Crime Date/Time: 9 Oct 2010, 00:10 AM
Reported By: Username977
Reported Date: 11 Oct 2010, 11:10 AM
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  • Unknown 22 Oct 2010, 08:46 AM

    John, you have done a great job with the Lions and you seem to be an upfront, open sort of guy so do no pay attention to idiots who make these stupid comments. To our clever friend,there is an very wise old saying that goes like this. " It is always better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you are a fool before you open your mouth and REMOVE ALL DOUBT"

  • Unknown 11 Oct 2010, 11:45 AM

    GREAT now you know that New Zealanders will think twice before coming here....

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