‘Dragging’ case: pair acquitted

2012-05-31 00:00

HOWICK businessmen Johan Bornman and Theunis Schoeman have been cleared of allegations that they attempted to murder a former employee, Tankiso Sikhosana, by “dragging” him behind their bakkie.

Discharging the accused at the end of the state’s case on Friday, regional court magistrate Jaco Jordaan agreed with defence submissions that Sikhosana’s evidence had been of such poor quality that the court could not rely on it.

Sikhosana had accused the businessmen of subjecting him to a prolonged assault on the night of September 21, 2010, saying his hands and legs were tied with rope, he was kicked in the face and on the body with booted feet, and was tied to the bakkie and “dragged” behind the vehicle on his stomach for about two to three minutes.

Defence advocate Shane Matthews said Sikhosana’s version was not corroborated by anyone else, or supported by medical evidence.

Although two doctors who examined Sikhosana had found some injuries on him, these were not found to be consistent with his claims that he was tied to a bakkie and dragged on his stomach.

The accused alleged that Sikhosana had made up the story because he knew he was going to be fired for drinking on duty, and that he had been injured when he fell off the back of their bakkie while drunk.

• ingrido@witness.co.za

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