‘Assailant used K-word’

2011-08-26 00:00

“WHICH k***** are we going to get tonight?”

When a white woman heard Jakes Putter (33) utter these words in the Lighthouse Pub & Grill in Margate, she knew there was doing to be trouble, she told police.

Prosecutor Sohana Moodley read out extracts from statements by the woman and other witnesses in the Ramsgate Magistrate’s Court yesterday during the bail hearing of Putter, Douw van der Walt (33), Petrus “Lappies” Opperman (48) and Carel Volschenk (49).

They are accused of beating to death Lwandile Mampofu (26).

The allegedly assaulted Mampofu in the early hours of August 14, after an altercation over a cigarette that had started in the pub.

The incident happened after the group went to the pub around midnight for “one for the road” after watching rugby at another bar.

Moodley said a state witness had made a sworn statement that as he was driving past he saw a group of men dragging Mampofu out of some bushes where he was trying to hide. They kicking him and stamped on his head.

When the witness tried to intervene the attackers said Mampofu had attacked them with a bottle.

Another witness said he saw a “group of six white men” chase Mampofu and assault him repeatedly.

Moodley added that another witness said “Jakes and another two men” chased Mampofu.

Putter, who has five previous convictions for assault and three with malicious damage to property, has admitted he assaulted Mampofu in the bar.

But he testified that it was Van der Walt who chased Mampofu in the street after he had stabbed Opperman with a broken bottle.

Putters said he followed Van der Walt in a bakkie.

The altercation started, Putter said, when Mampofu took Opperman’s cigarette from an ashtray. He denied making the “k*****” remark.

Opperman said he, Volschenk, Putter, Van der Walt and an “Englishman” who was apparently a bouncer at another bar went outside because “there were CCTV cameras everywhere recording everything”.

Because of the conflicting stories, magistrate Elise Coetzer ordered police to obtain the video material, which “could prove conclusive”, and that the state and defence should watch it on Monday so a decision can be made about how to proceed with the bail application.


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