Beating victim in hiding

2013-12-20 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG woman is in hiding after being badly beaten outside an upmarket local restaurant.

And Lee Wang has told The Witness she survived the attack — by two men who are known to her — only thanks to the heroic intervention of a restaurant patron, who took her to the hospital and the police.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, Wang (43) was assaulted in a parking lot near the Olive Tree restaurant, following a drunken spat.

Wang suffered extensive bruising and lacerations to her face. Despite “threats” against her every day this week to demand her silence, Wang filed criminal charges against the two men at Loop Street police station — and police say arrests in the case are “imminent”.

Wang’s rescuer — a woman who asked to not be named for fear of reprisal — was disgusted by the horrific beating she witnessed.

Fearing for her life, Wang contacted The Witness from her place of hiding to expose the severity of her injuries — and her plight.

Originally from China, Wang described the night of her attack as best she could with her limited English, “I lost my ring. I went to the car to get my bag to fetch my torch to look for the ring. [One of the men] said no, we must go. I said I must find my ring. Then he hit me.”

Wang alleged that the man hit her in the face, and pulled her by her hair while they were in the car. She alleged that his friend also pulled her by hair, dragged her out of the car and proceeded to kick her.

“My English is not good. While [the friend] kicked me, all I could say was ‘No’. I was screaming.”

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said, “Police are investigating a case of assasult with intent to do grievous bodily harm. Arrests are imminent.”

Her screams attracted the attention of the rescuer, who had stepped out of the restaurant to make a phone call. “I heard screaming and walked towards the noise,” said the witness. “I saw the man’s elbow move as if he was punching something. Lee then slid out of the car and [the friend] kicked her. I walked up to them and said ‘Hey! Stop it!’ [The friend] turned and looked as if he was going to hit me too,” she told The Witness.

The woman warned him not to “lay a finger” on her and bent down to assist Wang.

“As soon as she could, Lee got up and ran. I ran after her. When I reached her she held me and told me not to let her go. Then the men drove up to us and told Lee to get into the car. I refused to let her go with them and they drove off.”

Wang was taken to Grey’s Hospital.

She said, “I come from China. I have no one here. I am so thankful to [the woman] who helped me.”

Wang alleged that — while she was filing charges at the police station — one of the men who assaulted her came in to the police station, triggering feelings of terror. She said police took her to a holding cell so he couldn’t intimidate her.

Wang said the man blamed her for the incident. “He [told police] I get drunk a lot and do this to myself. He lied. He did this to me.”

Wang’s rescuer said the man burst into tears when he saw the lacerations on her face. “I don’t think he realised how badly he and [his friend] beat her. Although he did not admit anything, he kept saying sorry.”

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