Capetonian tells of caning by Roebuck that ‘hurt a hell of a lot’

2011-11-17 00:00

THE Daily Telegraph in Australia yesterday published an exclusive interview with a 31-year-old Capetonian, one of three youngsters who were caned by the late cricket writer Peter Roebuck in 1999.

The caning led to Roebuck’s conviction on a charge of assault in the UK in 2001.

Henk Lindeque said they were in the UK with the Taunton Cricket Club when the incident occurred.

Roebuck received a suspended jail sentence for common assault after pleading guilty to caning Lindeque and his South African team-mates, Keith Whiting and Reginald Keats.

Roebuck (55) committed suicide at his Cape Town hotel at the weekend as police prepared to question him about a sexual assault case laid against him at Claremont police station in Cape Town.

The Telegraph quoted Lindeque as saying Roebuck hit him with a willow cane “through my shorts and it hurt a hell of a lot”.

“After he caned me, he wanted to have a look at the markings and that wasn’t something I approved of and that’s why I never had any contact with him after that. It was really sore.

“He said, ‘Don’t be shy, let’s have a look’. I pulled off a bit [of his shorts] to one side and he said, ‘No, c’mon, don’t be shy’ and I pulled my shorts down very briefly.”

He said that on another occasion, Roebuck had encroached on his “personal space”.

“He sat down and put his arm around me.

“I turned around to him and said, ‘Listen Peter, I do like my personal space and I don’t like this’.

“I moved away quickly and sat on the ground.

“That’s the only time I felt he made a sort of advance on me.”

Lindeque said he “held no ill will toward Roebuck and was saddened to hear of his death”.

Roebuck’s family have reportedly released a statement about his death.

Roebuck’s mother, Elizabeth (83), and five siblings — James, Rosalie, Margaret, Beatrice and Paul — were quoted as saying in a statement released in England, “Peter has left an important legacy of support and encouragement of cricket and the values of cricket in young underprivileged people from all backgrounds, a legacy of which we are immensely proud,”

They said they were “comforted by the glowing tributes to his life”.

They did not comment on the circumstances surrounding his death, but said they are confident that the South African authorities will investigate fully.

The newspaper also reported that “despite a deep estrangement between Robeuck and his family, his mother has reportedly requested Roebuck be buried in his native England, with memorials to be held in Sydney and South Africa”.

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