Cyclist rage: 'He attacked me like a wild animal', woman claims

2017-07-14 11:20
The incident. (Simon Riekert, Supplied to Netwerk24)

The incident. (Simon Riekert, Supplied to Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg - Samantha van den Heever says she relived the trauma of being attacked by a cyclist when she had to testify in the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court on Thursday afternoon.

On September 25 last year Van den Heever was in Kromdraai Road on her way to the Cradle of Humankind when, it is claimed, she was repeatedly hit in the face by a cyclist.

Her husband, Gavin, apparently had hot coffee thrown at him by the same cyclist and was assaulted with the coffee mug.

- Read more: Cyclist allegedly attacks woman, husband

Stephen Leeuw is facing two charges of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and one of assault. He pleaded not guilty to all three charges when he appeared in court on Thursday.

"It was horrible to stand there. You feel like a villain while actually trying to do the right thing and letting the law take its course," she told Netwerk24 outside court.

"You relive the trauma while testifying. There are some parts that I remember clearly despite having got a huge fright. It's the finer details that one forgets."

Hooted

She was the first witness to testify against Leeuw.

According to Van den Heever, Leeuw had moved from the emergency lane onto the road on a blind corner and she had hooted at him.

"I just hooted to warn him that I was coming," Van den Heever said, adding that she had to swerve to avoid hitting him.

Van den Heever said she stopped to see if Leeuw was okay. She claims he then hit her car.

"He started hitting my car. When I got out to ask him what his problem was, he attacked me like a wild animal," she said.

Advocate James Moodie, for the defence, told court that Van den Heever had been impatient with several cyclists in the area. He added that Van den Heever had caused Leeuw to fall off his bike by braking.

Gavin van den Heever and Barbara Voudouris, who had been in the car with the Van den Heevers, will probably testify when the case resumes on August 30.

Foaming at the mouth

It was previously reported that Simon Riekert, who had witnessed the incident, said Leeuw had literally foamed at the mouth.

Riekert said he had to use Leeuw’s bike to protect himself and Samantha during the incident.

Afterwards, the Van den Heevers had been on their way to the Honeydew police station when they saw Leeuw sitting at a roadside restaurant.  

Gavin van den Heever said he stopped to confront the man.

"When he saw Samantha’s car, he threw hot coffee at me before hitting me with the coffee mug," Gavin had said earlier.

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