‘Monkey brawl’: brothers in court

2011-09-20 00:00

THE two brothers arrested in connection with the brutal assault on UKZN student Likando Mbumwae at Crowded House are out on R500 bail each.

Jean-Pierre du Plooy (25) and his brother, Nicholas “Nick” (21), appeared briefly in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday on a charge of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and one charge of crimen injuria.

Police information revealed that Jean-Pierre is unemployed while Nick is a sport science student.

They are both said to be rugby players. Nick was confirmed to be a Maritzburg Varsity player since the beginning of the year.

The brothers are alleged to have assaulted Mbumwae by “hitting him with fists all over the body” on the morning of Friday, September 2.

The crimen injuria charge arises from an allegation that they called Mbumwae a k****r.

They also allegedly called Mbumwae’s white friend a “monkey lover”.

After their arrest on Friday police said the brothers would spend the weekend in police custody.

However, it transpired yesterday that the two were released the same day on police bail of R500 each.

Yesterday they were not asked to plead to any of the charges and the case was postponed to September 29 for further investigation and to enable the accused to obtain an attorney.

A team-mate of Nick, who asked not to be named, said he did not strike him as a bully and a racist.

“When I first saw him at the beginning of the year I saw a nice guy. I was shocked when I read about the incident in the newspapers and I’m disappointed in him if he is guilty of racism,” said the team-mate, who is black.

Club coach Brian Bateman said he cannot comment on behalf of the club and that he has no knowledge of Nick’s private life.

He said all he remembers is that Nick went to Voortrekker High, but doesn’t know which tertiary institution he is enrolled at.

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