Four in court for Oktoberfest assaults

A group of young men appeared in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court yesterday for allegedly beating a student so badly he suffered a skull fracture.

The attack took place after the annual Oktoberfest.

The four smartly dressed men, three of whom are related, spent most of the morning waiting patiently outside the courtroom until their case before magistrate Jan van der Westhuizen was called.

The case was postponed for another date.

Facing charges of assault to inflict grievous bodily harm are Deon Puren, Michael Swanepoel, Nicholas Swanepoel and Michal Swanepoel, all in their 20s.

They waited with parents and friends inside a packed courtroom until their names were called. They are accused of assaulting Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University game farm management students DJ Strauss and Donovan Horn, both 23, when they left the German Club in Lorraine on October 25.

Strauss was allegedly punched, fracturing his skull when he fell off the pavement and hit his head on the tar road outside the German Club.

Horn claims he was knocked unconscious by a blow to the back of the neck.

Strauss’s injuries landed him in St George’s Hospital, where he was treated for a skull fracture and bleeding on the brain.

The four accused were represented by Bay attorney Danie Gouws during their brief appearance.

Their case was postponed for further investigation until March 5.

-Riaan Marais

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