Joburg woman: I’m no stalker

2013-05-03 14:47

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Johannesburg - A Johannesburg woman who is facing charges under a stalker law that came into effect a week ago claims her ex-boyfriend is at fault and that she is the one who was harassed and assaulted.

The 30-year-old mother, Megan*, who did not want to give her name, told News24 Duncan D’Ewes assaulted her on numerous occasions and says “the amount of bruises she had at any given time was ridiculous”.

On Tuesday, The Star reported that D’Ewes was one of the first people to open a case with the police using the Protection from Harassment Act, which came into effect last Saturday.

But the Johannesburg North woman said he laid the charges after she started writing about him in her blog and not because she had harassed him.

Megan said her relationship with D’Ewes started deteriorating in March last year when they had a fight and she barred him from entering her home. D’Ewes then allegedly “put a fist through my kitchen window” and kicked open her front door. She says he also tried to attack one of her neighbours when the neighbour tried to help her.

She said that it will cost her R50 000 to repair all the damage he has done to her home during his “drug-fuelled rages”.

Megan said D’Ewes was on a range of drugs, including steroids and kat, and was prone to bursts of anger that left her bruised and battered.

D’Ewes also allegedly raped Megan on 3 January this year but she says a Honeydew police officer refused to charge him because “he was known to her” and also because D’Ewes has connections within the police force.

And while he claims he had to resign from his job because of Megan’s alleged stalking, she says he in fact lost his job  “due to his own actions”.

“He was asked to leave his previous company because they found a fake payslip on his system which he used to take out a loan and because he didn’t rock up for work for a week because he was on a drug binge”.

While Megan admits they both did “horrible things to each other” and she admits to having lied for him, D’Ewes is far from a victim, she says.

“His own mother said to me ‘what are you still doing with him, he’s no good for you’.”
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