Punch: lawyer not in court

2010-10-01 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG senior advocate Cameron Hunt did not appear in the regional court yesterday for his case for allegedly assaulting advocate Mergan Chetty, allegedly causing him to lie unconscious for a few minutes in the advocates’ chambers common room on June 11.

Hunt said it was arranged that he would not appear in the regional court yesterday as he is involved in a high court trial.

Regional magistrate Freddie de Beer followed procedures by issuing a warrant of arrest, staying its operation until Hunt is to appear on November 8.

De Beer also followed the normal procedure that when an accused is absent his name is called outside the court.

The case arises from an incident on June 11 at a function to bid farewell to member Rob Griffiths, who was leaving the city after being made a judge in the Eastern Cape.

The charge sheet states that the function coincided with the first World Cup football match and Hunt and his wife Penny, also an advocate, arrived after the football.

It is alleged that Penny Hunt poured alcohol over Chetty’s head, causing him to rush out of the room, and that he soon returned and swore at Penny, telling her never to do that to him again.

The charge sheet then reads: “The accused, who is significantly larger … than the complainant then … asking him if he had sworn at his wife and proceeded to punch him twice on the jaw, in quick succession, causing him to fall on the tiled floor where he lay unconscious for several minutes.

“Now therefore … the accused unlawfully and intentionally assaulted the complainant … with the intention of causing him grievous bodily harm.”

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