Man, woman ar­rested over park­ing spot row

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - MASABATA MKWANANZI @Sa­bie_M

A SQUAB­BLE over a park­ing spot has left a woman se­verely bruised and fac­ing pros­e­cu­tion af­ter she and her al­leged as­sailant laid charges against each other.

The in­ci­dent over a park­ing spot took place at Rand­park Ridge near a fill­ing sta­tion at Bey­ers Naudé Drive on Satur­day. Li­neo Dit­sebe, 25, was with her sis­ter-in-law.

Yes­ter­day, Dit­sebe, who is nurs­ing bruises on her face and has black spots on her eyes, re­counted her or­deal.

The mother of one said she was with her sis­ter-in-law, look­ing for a park­ing spot at the fill­ing sta­tion.

Af­ter strug­gling for find a spot, she saw a group of women stand­ing on the only avail­able park­ing spot.

She hooted, in­di­cat­ing to them to move out of the way, but they did not.

She squeezed her car into the park­ing spot, which had cones placed around it. That’s when things turned nasty, she said.

“As I parked, one of the boyfriends of the women that were stand­ing at the opened spot ap­proached my car.

“He started scream­ing and shout­ing at me,” she said.

Dit­sebe added that an­other man opened her car door to apol­o­gise to her on how his friend was act­ing to­wards her.

As she switched off her car, the man opened her door.

When she got out, the man started scream­ing at her and be­came ag­gres­sive.

“I was scared for my life as he started threat­en­ing me, say­ing he was go­ing to kill me and put me at the back of my car boot,” Dit­sebe said, adding the man had ac­cused her of nearly killing his girl­friend.

“He re­peat­edly said he was go­ing to kill me and put me in the back of my boot. I pan­icked and used my pep­per spray (on him).”

Dit­sebe said she then ran into the con­ve­nience store for help.

She asked a cashier to call the po­lice, and he said he had al­ready alerted the se­cu­rity guards us­ing a panic but­ton.

As she was wait­ing in the store, the man came in and, she said, started beat­ing, punch­ing and kick­ing her.

Dit­sebe said peo­ple at the garage tried to stop him, but he con­tin­ued as­sault­ing her.

Even­tu­ally his friends pulled him away from her.

A few min­utes later, the po­lice ar­rived and took her and her al­leged as­sailant to the Honey­dew Po­lice Sta­tion, where the man was ar­rested. He was re­leased on bail.

Yes­ter­day, how­ever, Dit­sebe was also ar­rested af­ter the man laid a counter charge against her. She has been re­leased on bail.

Spokesper­son for Honey­dew po­lice Cap­tain Balan Muthan said they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing two cases of as­sault.

Dit­sebe was due to ap­pear in the Rand­burg Mag­is­trate’s Court to­day.

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