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Nurse Receives Criminal Injury Compensation after Horrifying Kidnap Ordeal

A nurse has received criminal injury compensation after surviving a horrifying 10 day kidnap ordeal.

Magdeline Makola was found in the boot of her red Vauxhall Astra on Boxing day 2008 after spending up to 10 days without food and water. Justice Ngema kidnapped her at knife point before binding and gagging her. He put her in the boot of her own car before driving off in the stolen vehicle. While leaving her abandoned in the boot in sub zero temperatures, Ngema went on a Christmas spending spree with money taken from Magdeline’s bank accounts.

Ms Makola was eventually rescued by police, and was suffering from dehydration and hypothermia, as well as significant psychological trauma. She spent substantial time in hospital recovering on a drip and antibiotics.

Justice Ngema was jailed for a minimum of eight years in July 2009 and told that he will only be released when he is no longer classed as a danger. He will also be deported to South Africa on his release.

Ms Makola has just been awarded £3,000 compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. She is said to be disappointed with the figure, which is stipulated by a tariff system set by the government. She is reportedly set to appeal with the help of Victim Support Scotland.

A spokesman for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority revealed to the the Scottish Sun newspaper that “if the applicant remains unhappy they can have it reviewed then appeal.”

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