Counter charge in road rage attack

2010-07-16 00:00

COUNTER-CHARGES have been made following an incident in which a family was allegedly subjec­ted to a road rage attack on Saturday night in Alexandra Road.

The other man involved alleges he was sworn at and that a crutch was used to bash his car, resulting in damage.

The man declined to speak to The Witness when approached yesterday, saying only that he will leave the matter to the courts.

Police confirmed that the man has laid charges of crimen injuria and property damage.

Ricky Jugree, whose story was featured in Monday’s Witness, has meanwhile lashed out at police, whom he says are dragging their heels in investigating the incident.

His concern has been heightened after he says he received a threatening phone call from an anonymous Pietermaritzburg caller on Wednesday evening. Jugree said his 11-year-old daughter answered the phone and told her father he had better take the call.

“There was a man’s voice on the other side. He asked me ‘Do you want to die today?’. It sounded like he was trying to disguise his voice.”

Jugree said the damage to his car would cost R16 000 to fix.

When asked about the counter-charges, Jugree said the damage to his vehicle speaks for itself. He added that none of his family had got out the car.

Colonel Henry Budhram, spokesperson for the police, said they were dealing with Jugree’s complaint against the police.

Police also confirmed that statements are being taken and that the matter will be referred to the senior public prosecutor for a decision.

The Witness reported on Monday that Jugree, his wife Pamela and their two children were returning home when a man in an Opel Astra allegedly overtook his car at a high speed as he turned from Chief Albert Luthuli Road into Alexandra Road, pushing Jugree’s car to the left.

Jugree flashed his lights, after which the man allegedly stopped and got out of his car. Armed with a wooden stick, the man allegedly hit Jugree’s car’s side mirror and lights and kicked the left-hand back door, leaving a dent.

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