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.


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.

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