Woman guilty of nightclub shoe assault

2012-01-19 10:25
Pretoria - A young woman who sprayed another woman with pepper spray and then attacked her with a high-heeled shoe, on Wednesday pleaded guilty in the Pretoria Regional Court to a charge of assault with the intention of causing grievous bodily harm.

Meryl  Lotriet, 23, from Pierre van Ryneveld, Centurion, explained in court documents that she had intended to injure Nelly Dean, 41.

Lotriet was found guilty.

Her lawyer, Peet du Plessis, read Lotriet’s plea explanation to the court. In it, she stated that she was in a nightclub in Menlyn in eastern Pretoria on August 1, 2010.

“At about 01:30, the accused and the complainant had an argument followed by the assault,” explained Du Plessis.

Argument

It appeared that the row between the two women had started in the club’s bathroom.

Lotriet left the bathroom and realised her bracelet was missing.

She apparently turned around and confronted Dean outside the bathroom and the complainant then allegedly swore at her.

The younger woman took out her pepper spray and took off her shoe.

According to the medical report, Dean arrived at a hospital’s casualty unit covered in blood.

She had deep cuts - one of them measuring 8cm - on her chest, and smaller ones on her stomach.

State prosecutor Vleis van Zyl asked that proceedings were postponed to March for pre-sentencing reports.

Lotriet was released on a warning.
 

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
83 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.