KZN traffic cop assault case on hold

2011-12-06 18:19

Pietermaritzburg - The trial of a KwaZulu-Natal traffic officer charged with assault was postponed by the Camperdown Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Edward Xolani Mtshali, 30, is accused of assaulting 53-year-old Jude Ward.

Mtshali, who was driving in an unmarked car, apparently indicated to Ward to pull over on the N3 highway between Pietermaritzburg and Durban in January 2010.

However, she drove to the Camperdown police station instead, reportedly fearing he was a hijacker.

Mtshali followed her inside where he allegedly grabbed her, threw her down and banged her head on the floor with about five other officers watching.

Camperdown district surgeon Dr Pieter Oosthuizen testified on Tuesday that when Ward came to him for treatment she complained of neck and forehead pains.

He said the elbow and knee bruises she sustained were probably caused by her hitting a hard surface.

Ward previously testified that Mtshali demanded her driver's licence, but that she had difficulty reaching it in her handbag because he was holding her arm.

She phoned her husband and when he arrived Mtshali threatened to arrest him.

Shane Matthews, defending, has appealed for Mtshali's discharge.

The trial is to continue on December 13.