Ben Sant: Hero


On 17 September 2013, Ben Sant, a 24-year-old electrician, heard his neighbor, a 31-year-old mother of three, screaming his name in Dimascio Place, Oakhurst, Sydney, Australia. He immediately ran to help her and saw a man armed with a knife attempting to rape her. The man escaped through a window and using keys that he had taken from the woman started her car. The man drove over Mr. Sant’s foot and broke it, crashed into a tree, and drove off. The car was later discovered — burnt out — in Toongabbie, which is about a 20-minute drive away. Mr. Sant’s boss, Turnkey Electrical Systems general manager Peter Guini, said, “The woman screamed for help and called out his name. He saw that she was in distress and went next door and there was a man attempting to rape her, apparently. The man fled out the window, Ben tried to follow him and he drove over his foot. The poor kid’s getting married in the next four weeks. He’s unable to work for six to eight weeks depending on his injuries. He’s a nice chap who’s been with us for eight years. The kid did his apprenticeship with us. She [the man’s intended victim] is just a nice person who lives next door and she’s required some help. He deserves a good pat on the back. We’re real proud of him.” On 18 September 2013, while leaving his home to go to the hospital to get pins put in his foot, Mr. Sant said that he was “fine.”

For Further Information: Caroline Marcus, “Neighbour Ben Sant answers woman’s cries for help and stops an attempted rape in Oakhurst home invasion.” Daily Telegraph (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia). 19 September 2013

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