Brawl pair in court Man died after incident over cigarette at Margate bar

2013-09-17 00:00

TWO South Coast men have appeared in the Ramsgate high court for allegedly killing a pub patron by “jumping and stamping” on his head.

The charges against Jacobus “Jake” Putter (33) and Douw van der Walt (33), arise from a brawl that broke out at the Lighthouse Pub in Margate on August 14, 2011.

Lwandile Mampofu was killed and his girlfriend was allegedly assaulted by the men in a fight over a cigarette.

The two men — together with two other co-accused, Petrus Opperman (47) and Carel Volschenk (49) — also face three further counts of assaulting Mampofu and his girlfriend Lungile Danga with the intention of causing them grievous bodily harm on the same night.

The incident caused members of the community to rally in support of the Mampofu family, and to hold a march protesting against bail being granted to the accused immediately after their arrest.

Bail was initially denied to the accused, but all four have since been granted bail.

Yesterday, Judge Daya Pillay postponed the trial until tomorrow, as the court was busy with a part-heard trial.

The accused left court hurriedly, doing their best to avoid being photographed by the media.

According to the state’s indictment, it is alleged that Mampofu and Danga, as well as the four accused, were all at the Lighthouse pub in Margate on the evening of August 13, 2011. Some time after midnight Putter is alleged to have uttered words to the effect, “Watter k****r gaan ek moer” (What k****r am I going to beat up).

He then allegedly approached Mampofu, who had a cigarette in his mouth, pulled the cigarette out of his mouth and walked away with it. The state alleges that Mampofu and Danga were angry and demanded that the cigarette be returned. Thereafter, Putter allegedly punched Mampofu in the face.

He was allegedly joined by the other three accused, who also allegedly assaulted Mampofu. During the incident, Danga was also allegedly punched in the face with a fist and fell to the floor.

The state alleges that Mampofu managed to run out of the pub, pursued by the four accused. He allegedly armed himself with a broken bottle to try to ward off the attack on him, but the accused managed to overpower him and further assaulted him in Marine Drive.

He then allegedly managed to escape, ran up Homestead Road and sought refuge in a garden.

It is alleged that Putter and Van der Walt chased him in a vehicle, found him where he was hiding and assaulted him further by “jumping/stamping on his head”.

Mampofu was taken to Port Shepstone hospital where he died of head injuries.

The state alleges that he sustained fractures to his lower jaw and skull as well as “subdural haemorrhage and orbital haematoma of the left eye”.

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