PANDEMONIUM broke out at a Port Elizabeth office block yesterday when an agitated off-duty policeman allegedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend in the head with a pocket knife following a heated argument.
The incident occurred at about 11am at processing company Compsol in Pickering Street, Newton Park.
According to witnesses, the Compsol employee agreed to speak to her ex-boyfriend through a barbed wire fence after he had arrived at the premises and began shouting for her.
Colleagues said the two had gone through a bitter break-up and that the woman was in the process of taking out a restraining order against the man, who they said was a police crime prevention unit officer.
Compsol managing director Fritz Luttich said the woman had been working when her ex-boyfriend demanded to speak to her.
"He stood at the gate and threatened to come in if she didn’t go out to meet him.
"She then stood in the parking area, a few metres away from the 2m-high fence.
"Instead of talking to her, he jumped over the fence and stabbed her three times in the head,” he said.
Colleagues who witnessed the attack said the man had been carrying three knives and a screwdriver.
Immediately after he saw people coming to her aid, he tried to run away but got caught in the barbed wire. Three IT technicians caught him and handed him over to police.
The woman was taken to a doctor for stitches.