‘Racist drunk' attacks family

2009-02-22 00:00

A MAN who, with his wife and children, was attacked by a “drunk” man in Armittage Road on Saturday night, believes the attack was motivated by racism.

Gary Perumal told The Witness that as he was driving towards Armitage Road, the driver of a Hyundai bakkie tried to drive into his vehicle.

“I stopped on the side and the driver of the bakkie, who was a white man with tattoos all over his body, came to me and hit me on the face, neck and arm. He pulled me out of the car, took my cellphone, broke the car door and started smashing the car’s windows,” said Perumal.

He said he and his wife Sheena called the police when the man ran to the Franki Bananaz cocktail bar nearby. He escorted the police to the bar and they arrested the man, who was drinking.

“We accompanied police to the police station and he was arrested for assault and malicious injury to property. We want to warn people about this man, as he has even threatened that he will come back and assault us. We suspect that his attack is related to racism …,” Perumal said.

SAPS spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan confirmed that the case is being investigated, although at the time of going to press she could not confirm the arrest.

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