It was all ‘intentional’

2013-10-11 00:00

A PRETORIA woman told the regional court in Pietermaritzburg yesterday she was “traumatised” when she saw her husband being “deliberately” run down and injured by a motorist following an argument over a parking spot at the Liberty Midlands Mall on August 9 last year.

Ronel Joubert was testifying at the trial of Shakile Saktu (27) of Mooi River, who is charged with attempted murder of Luchelle Joubert, or alternatively reckless driving arising from the incident.

He has pleaded not guilty.

Joubert told regional court magistrate Bhekizitha Phoswa she’s convinced Saktu intentionally knocked down her husband.

She said he did a U-turn and raced towards him. After running him down he had sped off without stopping. In her opinion this could not be accidental.

Saktu’s attorney Ig van Rooyen asked Joubert if she and her husband had considered the possibility that the accused might have got “such a fright” when he hit him that he “just ran away”.

“No. He did it intentionally,” Joubert replied.

She testified that when her husband was hit by Saktu’s Opel Corsa, the windscreen shattered on the driver’s side. She saw her husband fall to the ground and his legs “jerked as if he was having a fit”.

Afterwards he lay unmoving, appearing to have lost consciousness, for a few minutes. Blood was coming out of his nose.

She alleged that moments before the collision, Luchelle had turned to face Saktu’s car and his head struck the windscreen.

He was given first aid at the scene by mall employees and an ambulance was called. However, when police got there he “thought he was okay” and decided to go to the police station to make a statement.

At the police station he fainted and an ambulance was called. He was admitted to Grey’s Hospital where he was kept under observation overnight.

Describing what led to the incident, Joubert said she, her husband, son Jaco van Niekerk, and her son’s fiancée Yolanda Pieterse, were planning to shop at the mall on the day in question, which was a public holiday.

Her son had been driving.

She testified that they saw a woman with two daughters going to a car, and asked if she was leaving. When she said she was, they waited close by with their indicator flashing to indicate that they intended to take the parking.

Before they could do so, she alleged Saktu’s Corsa drove around them and took the parking.

Joubert said her husband went to him and told him he was “behaving like a pig” or words to that effect.

“He [the accused] replied, but I couldn’t hear what he said … there was an argument,” she said.

Joubert said Saktu reversed out of the parking spot, stopped and then jumped out and opened his boot.

Yolanda expressed concern that he was “getting a gun”.

Joubert said Saktu grabbed a wheel spanner and came towards them aggressively. “Luchelle told him he’s not afraid of him,” she said.

According to Joubert, a security guard intervened and Saktu threw the spanner back into the boot and got into his car. They thought “that was the end of it”, she said. However, as they walked towards the mall, Saktu made a U-turn and drove at high speed, knocking her husband down.

Under cross-examination, Joubert denied that there were vehicles or people obstructing Saktu’s lane. The defence said video footage would show otherwise. The case has been adjourned to December 17.

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