Baptist nurse says she forgives assailant after kidnap ordeal

By staff writers
July 23, 2009

A nurse in Scotland, Magdaline Makola, who spent ten days tied up and locked away the boot of a car seven months ago, says she has forgiven her assailant and prays for him regularly.

An active Christian, Ms Makola, aged 38, had been snatched from her home in Livingston, West Lothian, by Justice Ngema, aged 35. According to the Scotsman newspaper, Mr Ngema used her bank cards to fund a Christmas shopping spree while she lay shivering in sub-zero temperatures.

Police eventually located the car in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, after Ms Makola managed to make a small gap in the tape across her mouth and shouted for help when she heard footsteps outside.

Doctors found that her fingers were white and lifeless, her wrists, ankles and feet were cut, and she was suffering from dehydration that had affected her kidneys and circulation.

The court that heard the case this week, and decided to imprison the assailant for eight years, said that if Magdaline Makola had remained in the boot for another 12 to 24 hours, her "life would have been in real danger".

Ngema was sentenced on Wednesday 21 July 2009. Judge Lord Menzies told Mr Ngema that he had put Ms Makola through a "truly dreadful physical and mental ordeal on a young woman who had done you no harm at all".

Magdaline Makola, who is an active Baptist, explained that her faith had helped her survive the ordeal.

She declared: "At one point I started to panic but I thought if I was going to die I should try to be peaceful so I just kept praying."

"I feel no anger" she added. "I just hope that he repents over this. In those eight years he still has time to change his life."

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