A PENSIONER who suffered a fractured skull when he struggled with an armed robber on holiday said he was ‘feeling good’ after returning to his home in Etwall.
Former magistrate Peter Norledge required emergency surgery after he was struck over the head with the barrel of a gun when he was attacked just hours after arriving in Cape Town with his wife Christine.
The 70-year-old, who arrived back from South Africa earlier this week, said he did not think the full impact of his ordeal had hit him yet, but that his experience would make him think twice about returning to the country.
He said: “After I was released from hospital, we still had a few days of our holiday to enjoy and we spent it locally in Cape Town walking along the waterfront and doing a couple of trips.
“It is a beautiful country but I think what happened to me would make me think twice about going back there.
“The support we have had from family, friends and even fellow patients in the hospital as well as the staff has been first class.”
The pair were visiting Cape Town as part of a British tour group.
They were just settling into their room at the Hotel Victoria when the attacker knocked on the door and claimed he was there to look at the air conditioning.
But he proceeded to pull out a gun and point it at Mr Norledge, who is a retired NHS manager.
In the ensuing struggle, the gun went off and fired a bullet into the ceiling, and the man hit Mr Norledge over the head with the barrel of the weapon.
He said he thought his wife’s screams of terror eventually frightened off his attacker, who escaped with a wallet full of cash.
Police in South Africa have told Mr and Mrs Norledge that investigations were continuing.
Mrs Norledge, a district nurse, said: “They have told us they got some good finger prints but they have been sent away to a different city for analysis and, if the attacker has a previous criminal record, this should help lead them to him.”
It is just two weeks since the pair faced the horrifying ordeal, but Mr Norledge said he was ‘feeling good’.
““I am feeling very good. I have been to my GP who has checked me out and I feel quite calm on the whole.
“But I imagine the full impact of what I have been through will come at a later stage,” he said.
The pair have three sons, David, 30, Michael, 28 and Simon, 21, as well as one granddaughter, Isabelle.