Taxi dragging victim's fiancé in court

2011-12-08 12:25

Johannesburg - The assault case against the fiancé of Kim McCusker, who was hit and dragged by a minibus taxi in Johannesburg, was postponed in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Lourens Grobler will appear in court again on January 20.

Matome Thamage, the driver of the taxi that hit McCusker in Fourways on September 13, laid an assault charge against Grobler. He claimed he struck McCusker after fleeing an assault by Grobler, after almost colliding with his bakkie.

Grobler, 37, was granted bail of R5 000 by the court on September 19.

In a separate case Thamage, who is out on R5 000 bail, faces charges of attempted murder and reckless or negligent driving.

McCusker was dragged about 700 metres along Lonehill Boulevard under his minibus taxi.

  • Marion - 2011-12-08 12:44

    ... yet another postponement. It is no wonder the courts are overloaded with cases that they can't get around to. It is time someone investigated which magistrates just keep deferring cases instead of actually proceeding and reaching a verdict.

      Deon - 2011-12-08 13:01

      They usually do this untill all the evidence is in, then set aside a few days for the actual case.

      dave.gwani - 2011-12-08 13:31

      The courts must just sentence this Lourens with Selebi and throw away the keys. If I was the lady who was dragged, the wedding would be off. He can go marry his kind with uncontrollable temper, big muscles and no brains.

      methedex - 2011-12-08 13:57

      Regardless if you are being punched through a window or not, if you know that you are busy driving over another person with your vehicle you stop!!! Rather get out and punch back! Much less chance of somebody almost dying.

  • Larry - 2011-12-08 12:49

    The Guy should not be in court. The Driver should be in Jail.

      makatika - 2011-12-08 12:58

      Do you ever think through your statement? He started the road rage and he should take all the responsibility.

      Dane - 2011-12-08 13:06

      @makatika the Taxi driver knocked over a boy in Diepsloot causing the kid brain damage in July 2011, then proceeded to drag Kim under his taxi a few months later, the metro officer on the scene told the him to lay a charge against Lourens Grobler! Get you facts straight, Matome Thamage deserves to go to jail, this scum should not be allowed on our roads.

      Bryan - 2011-12-08 13:06

      @Makatika.. Started the road rage? Who did???

      Dane - 2011-12-08 13:08

      Ian - 2011-12-08 13:18

      @ makatika... Did you really think about your comment?? The only reason you trying to stand up for this guy is coz he is black and Larry is white (his name is at least) know he is wrong, we know he is wrong and this a$$hole should be in jail.... Don't let you racism blind you from the truth

      Mutsila - 2011-12-08 13:22

      the husband must be arrested for attempted murder of his wife, he started it, u cant beat someone for nearly colliding with yo car

      makatika - 2011-12-08 13:22

      @Dane - you have put down some impressive(selective) points, but you never mention that the taxi driver was assaulted. IF YOU POKE ME YOU ARE THE ONE WHO STARTED IT AND SHOULD TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR WHAT'S TO FOLLOW @Bryan Let me give you the answer "Lourens Grobler" did.

      makatika - 2011-12-08 13:40

      @Ian you are the one who is Racist buddy you can't logically use your mind. This has nothing to do with color, and I bet you Lourens Grobler he is regretting to have started this rage. You can't abuse someone for nearly knocking your car, even if he did crash into you rather call the police. Like I said if you POKE ME it means you are calling for it, and if I have to get away I would do so my all means. I FEEL SORRY FOR THE LADY, AT least if it was Lourens Grobler I would not care coz he would be reaping what he sowed

      Dane - 2011-12-08 13:41

      @makatika Please supply proof that Matome Thamage was ever assaulted.

      davieoosie - 2011-12-08 13:47

      @makatika & chedza - You are blinded by your racism and no words we say here will change your narrow minds. Mr Grobler should not have assaulted the driver, if he did. But dragging a woman 700m underneath his taxi or car just is evil and is not justifiable.

      makatika - 2011-12-08 13:50

      @Dane you need to go ask Mr Thamage for proof. Think about it, What was he(Lourens Grobler) doing off his car if he was not assaulting someone for nothing, ok for some wheels

      Mark - 2011-12-08 14:03

      Everyone needs to try and control their temper so as not to resort to violence, but at some point, day after day after day after day of putting up with taxis' illegal driving, accident causing, driving up the wrong side of the road or in the wrong lane, cutting people off, pushing in, using the right hand land to turn left through a red robot (yes I have seen that!), blocking roads by stopping anywhere and killing their passengers en masse because of bald tires, faulty brakes, etc etc, can you blame anyone for not being pushed over the edge!

      Blade - 2011-12-08 14:15

      @makatika I doubt anyone would ever want to poke you.

      Ian - 2011-12-08 14:15

      @ makatika... you a troll and you are just trying to provoke people... you talk as if you were standing next to the road watching this happen...i'm quite certain that Lourens was provoked into rage by the taxi driver...have you never been in a near miss with a taxi? did you get angry? go and "POKE" urself somewhere else buddy....

      makatika - 2011-12-08 14:24

      @Mark I see you don't think there are good taxi drivers out there, well let me tell you there are so plenty. @Ian this is not a puzzle and you don't need a half a brain to resolve it. I once almost knocked some guy and instead of talking to me he tried to choke me and he got what he deserved. I am sure he will know how to behave next time. But now if someone cut in front of me , as long as he has not scratched my car I just pretend nothing ever happened.

      Bryan - 2011-12-08 14:26

      @Makatika.... Clearly your point is racially blurred you fool..! Have you not heard that the taxi driver dragged Lourens Groblers girlfriend under his vehicle for 700 meters?? You young man are an A.S.S.H.O.L.E and clearly need some 'road rage' taken out against you!!

      Mark - 2011-12-08 16:01

      I mean .... can you blame anyone for being pushed over the edge. Take out the "not".

  • Kenny - 2011-12-08 12:59

    I think the judges want to go on early leave thats why they are postponing all the cases

  • Kirsty - 2011-12-08 13:10

    Matters are usually postponed a few times before the hearing of the trial - normally on the State's request to postpone for further investigation. If the Magistrate doesn't grant a reasonable request for a postponement, the entire matter could be thrown out if the State cries foul, eg. prejudice. Courts are on recess from about mid-December to mid- January

  • paulmandlankosi - 2011-12-08 13:18

    Bring back the death penalthy

  • Bart - 2011-12-08 13:32

    wait for the final outcome people, yes the taxi driver did something bad, but what if Grobler was the cause? then what will you say. dont be to quick to judge, wait for the final story

  • Stephanie - 2011-12-08 14:08

    @Dave, his fiance was nearly killed you idiot! What would you do if your wife was being dragged under a taxi, stand and watch?? we need less men like you and more who will stand up for what's right

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