Counter charges in pub brawl

2019-04-08 10:47
Marcus Reeves and Chad Potgieter are accused of assaulting a man at Hilton’s Pot and Barrel pub in February.

Marcus Reeves and Chad Potgieter are accused of assaulting a man at Hilton’s Pot and Barrel pub in February.

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Counter charges of assault have been laid by two young men who appeared in court last week in connection with a brawl that erupted outside Pot and Barrel pub in Hilton.

The two men  — Marcus William Daniel Reeves (23) and Chad Derrick Potgieter (20) — made a fleeting appearance in the magistrate’s court charged with assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

The charge sheet alleges they assaulted Luke Adam on February 9 by hitting him with their elbows, and punching him.

They are on R1 000 bail each and are due back in court later this month.

But Potgieter and Reeves are fighting back and this week laid counter assault charges against Adam, a 16-year-old alleged to be his girlfriend, as well as her brother.

The case is for alleged assault and two charges of crimen injuria against the trio arising from alleged verbal abuse.

Speaking to Weekend Witness on Friday, Potgieter’s father, Dave, said there were two sides to the story.

He confirmed that his son and Reeves had opened their own case against Adam and his companions.

It is being alleged in that case that Potgieter and Reeves were sworn at and called “names” and accused of having bullied the teenage girl’s brother.

They were also allegedly subjected to a physical assault.

They dispute being the initial aggressors.

Dave said his son had sustained deep scratches to his face.

The state alleged in the case against the two men that Adam’s nose was broken as result of the altercation and that he had received 30 stitches.

Dave also questioned on Friday why a 16-year-old girl had been allowed in to the Pot and Barrel.

Travis Grubb, a manager of the Pot and Barrel, told Weekend Witness in reponse to a query on Friday that the pub bouncers always check young people’s ID documents to ensure they are not under 18. However, he could not say if the 16-year-old had been at the pub. When pressed he said Weekend Witness should contact his “bosses” via email.

Weekend Witness sent an email inquiry to the address provided by him but received no response by late on Friday.

Provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane confirmed that counter charges of  common assault laid by Reeves and Potgieter are being investigated by Hilton police in connection with the altercation in February.

“Both dockets have been taken to the senior public prosecutor for decision,” he said.

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