‘Stamped on victim’

2013-10-16 00:00

AN eyewitness to the alleged 2011 murder of a Margate pub patron, Lwandile Mampofu, said he saw South Coast accused Jakes Putter (33) and Douw van der Walt (33) hitting the defenceless victim, placing his head on the pavement and stamping on his head.

Earlier they’d allegedly chased the victim in Putter’s bakkie and caught him hiding in some bushes. They then allegedly pulled him out of the bushes and starting hitting him.

“They put his head onto the pavement while his body was on the road and then they stamped on his head … both of them did that.

“They kept talking in Afrikaans,” state witness Sherwin Basdew told Judge Jerome Mnguni and an assessor at the Ramsgate high court.

He said at that stage the victim “wasn’t moving a muscle” and he thought the man was dead.

He drove up to the men and said to them: “Guys, I think that’s enough”.

“Accused one [Putter] said something about the guy stabbing him with a bottle … They went on kicking him on his head,” he said.

Under cross-examination by defence advocate Shane Matthews, Basdew later claimed that what Putter actually said was: “The k****r tried to poke me with a bottle”.

He said he had not used the racist term in his original testimony “out of respect for the court”, and also didn’t put it in his police statement because it was recorded by a black officer.

The defence disputed this.

Matthews said the statement was recorded by a white policeman named Swanepoel.

Matthews also questioned why — if Basdew was able to identify the killers — he’d never named either of them in his police statement, but merely stated he would be able to identify the driver of the bakkie.

Matthews suggested to Basdew that he was lying about what happened that night in order to “cover his own tracks”.

“This is a joke, right?” replied Basdew.

Basdew said he knew Putter by sight, but did not know his name “until someone mentioned it at the crime scene”.

He testified that he didn’t know Van der Walt at all, but he was certain he was the other assailant.

Matthews said the accused will deny chasing Mampofu up Homestead Road or assaulting him as alleged by Basdew.

According to Putter, his bakkie experienced a battery problem and came to a stop.

“He [Putter] says an unknown Indian male pulled up next to him and asked: ‘Which direction did he take?’

“He [Putter] pointed up Homestead Road and two vehicles raced up the road … that could only be you and your friend, Rajesh Ramouthar,” said Matthews.

Basdew and Ramouthar testified that they had stopped their cars earlier “out of curiosity” to watch a fight between Mampofu and a group of white men outside the Lighthouse Pub in the early hours of August 14, 2011.

Basdew said he’d followed the fight to the place where Putter and Van der Walt stamped on the victim, while Ramouthar turned off earlier to go home.

Afterwards, Basdew said he telephoned Ramouthar and asked him to go back and check on the victim because he was afraid he was dead.

Ramouthar did this and called the police and ambulance.

Ramouthar reported that at that stage the victim was still alive.

The case is proceeding.

Jakes Putter (33) and Douw Van Der Walt (33), are charged with murder of Lwandile Mampofu and assaulting Mampofu and his girlfriend, Lungile Danga with intent to do them grievous bodily harm.

Their co-accused, Carel Volschenk (49) is charged only with assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

All three have pleaded not guilty to all counts.

A fourth man, Petrus Opperman was previously fined R10 000 (or three years imprisonment), half suspended, by a different Judge after admitting to assault charges arising from the incident.

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