'Bakkie assault’:doctor to testify

2011-08-26 00:00

MEDICAL evidence will be led by the defence in the trial of two Howick businessmen to disprove allegations by a former employee that he was dragged behind their bakkie on September 21 last year.

Defence advocate Shane Matthews yesterday suggested to the alleged victim, Tankiso Sikhosana (33), that the evidence of specialist forensic pathologist, Dr Reggie Perumal, will show the injuries he sustained “were not consistent with a person being dragged” as he described.

He suggested to Sikhosana that an injury to his forehead was consistent with the version of the accused — Johan Bornman and Theunis Schoeman — that he fell from the back of the bakkie while drunk.

Matthews displayed a pair of steel-capped boots that Bornman allegedly wore on the day of the alleged incident.

He suggested to Sikhosana that if he’d been kicked on the head, face, eyes, and “all over the body” as he described, his injuries would have been far more extensive.

Sikhosana agreed he did not sustain any “grass burns” or rope burns a result of the “dragging” incident.

Responding to Matthews’s questioning, he said he was not “mentally well” and was in pain when he was examined by doctors and said they should be asked about his injuries.

Sikhosana yesterday insisted under cross-examination that he had an unblemished employment record at Born Electrical CC from his appointment in July 2003 to the date of the incident.

He denied ever signing documents detailing his employment history — which included several warning letters and letters of dismissal — and said the signatures on the documents were forgeries.

He was also confronted with numerous alleged contradictions between his evidence in court and two statements he made to police.

In one police statement he described how Schoeman handed Bornman a knife that Bornman used to cut his clothing off him.

In his evidence Sikhosana claimed Bornman “ripped” his clothes off his body with his hands, leaving him naked.

The case will continue on March 5 next year.

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