Rugby as­sault ac­cused lays counter charge

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WHILE a lo­cal busi­ness­man has been charged with at­tempted mur­der fol­low­ing an al­ter­ca­tion with a mem­ber of the SAPS at Tafel Lager Park on the week­end, it has come to light that po­lice are also in­ves­ti­gat­ing a case of com­mon as­sault per­tain­ing to the in­ci­dent.

The ap­par­ent al­ter­ca­tion took place in one of the sta­dium’s hos­pi­tal­ity suites fol­low­ing Gri­quas’ Cur­rie Cup loss to the Blue Bulls last Satur­day.

On Mon­day af­ter­noon this week, Mar­celle van Vu­uren, 32, made a brief ap­pear­ance in the Kim­ber­ley Mag­is­trate’s Court, where he was re­leased on bail of

R1 000, fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent that left Marc En­gel­brecht, an off-duty mem­ber of the

SAPS Air­wing, in Medi­clinic Gariep’s high care unit.

Van Vu­uren, a re­gional man­ager for Bid­vest Wal­tons, is due to re­turn to court next month af­ter hand­ing him­self over to po­lice on Sun­day.

How­ever, the po­lice have con­firmed that a case was opened on Sun­day against En­gel­brecht with re­gard to Satur­day’s al­ter­ca­tion.

“Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a case of com­mon as­sault,” said SAPS provin­cial spokesper­son, Cap­tain Ser­gio Kock, when asked if there were charges against the 35-yearold po­lice­man.

“The case was opened on Sun­day and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues.”

– Mur­ray Swart

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