Fight over parking at mall turns ugly

2012-08-18 00:00

AFTER a spat over a parking bay at a packed Liberty Midlands Mall on Women’s Day turned ugly, police are hunting for a man wanted for attempted murder.

Louis Joubert (48), who is from Pretoria, was in Pietermaritzburg when he was allegedly assaulted during an argument about a parking bay at the mall.

His wife, Ronel, said they had visited Midlands Mall to relax. Their son, who lives in Richmond, was driving the car.

After looking for a parking they saw a woman motorist preparing to leave the mall.

“We asked the woman in the car parked in the parking bay whether she was leaving and she said yes.

“She reversed and a white Opel Corsa vehicle overtook us and drove into the parking,” said Ronel.

“My husband asked the driver why he was doing this.”

Ronel said the driver moved out of the parking bay they had been waiting for and went to park in another parking bay.

They drove into the bay.

Then things turned nasty.

The driver of the Opel Corsa walked up to them wielding a wheel spanner and tried to assault her husband.

“The security guards at the mall intervened and the man went back to his car, but made a U-turn and came back speeding and ran into my husband.

Her husband fled, she said, “but then he fell.”

She said her husband suffered severe concussion and underwent a CT scan. He was still not well.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed the incident and added that Joubert had suffered an open wound to his head and bruises to his body and arms.

Police are investigating an attempted murder case and an arrest is imminent.

In May, Serita Hughes-Bukhosini (35) was nearly mowed down by an enraged woman at the Liberty Midlands Mall in an argument over a parking.

A spokesperson for the mall said they could not comment by the time of going to press.

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