Bust for drugs af­ter chok­ing woman video goes vi­ral

Son of wealthy EL busi­ness fam­ily ar­rested in Jo­han­nes­burg

Daily Dispatch - - Front Page - TYLER RIDDIN

The son of a wealthy East Lon­don fam­ily, An­drew Turn­bull, was ar­rested in Jo­han­nes­burg on Tues­day and charged with pos­ses­sion of drugs.

The ar­rest fol­lows the pub­li­ca­tion on so­cial me­dia ear­lier this week of a video show­ing the mid­dle-aged man, tat­tooed and with his hair styled into a blonde Mo­hi­can, hold­ing a woman in a choke hold, and toss­ing her aside as the voice of the per­son film­ing the video is heard say­ing: “An­drew, please calm down”.

The as­sault is believed to have hap­pened on Fri­day Au­gust 10, and the video uploaded on Sun­day.

The former East Lon­don woman who ap­pears to have been as­saulted in the video on Thurs­day sub­mit­ted an af­fi­davit, which the Daily Dis­patch has seen, to Jo­han­nes­burg po­lice al­leg­ing mul­ti­ple in­ci­dents of se­ri­ous abuse at the hands of Turn­bull.

By time of print the Daily Dis­patch was un­able to ver­ify whether po­lice had acted on the af­fi­davit. Ac­cord­ing to SAPS spokesper­son Kay Makhubele, Turn­bull was ar­rested in Gaut­eng on Tues­day and charged with pos­ses­sion of drugs at the Dou­glas­dale po­lice sta­tion. He ap­peared for bail on Thurs­day but, ac­cord­ing to a num­ber of re­ports which re­main un­con­firmed by po­lice at the time of go­ing to print, he did not get bail.

His mother, Martha Turn­bull, re­ferred the Daily Dis­patch to Turn­bull’s lawyer Henri van Breda for com­ment and fur­thers de­tails of his ar­rest and the video. Van Breda claimed: “The mat­ter is sub ju­dice”.

A video of Turn­bull be­ing ar­rested in Jo­han­nes­burg shows him be­ing walked out of his res­i­dence by SAPS of­fi­cials, hand­cuffed and placed into the back of a fly­ing squad ve­hi­cle. An­other woman for­merly as­so­ci­ated with Turn­bull also opened a case against him al­leg­ing rape, griev­ous bod­ily harm and the point­ing of a firearm in 2017.

But the woman’s fa­ther told the Dis­patch the di­rec­tor of pub­lic pros­e­cu­tions (DPP) had no­ti­fied them last month that they had de­clined to pros­e­cute due to con­flict­ing wit­ness state­ments. He said it was for this rea­son that he and his daugh­ter had been trying, with no success so far, to at­tain the docket in or­der to re­vi­talise the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Po­lice spokes­woman Colonel Si­bongile Soci con­firmed to the Dis­patch that a case had been opened against Turn­bull in this re­gard but that the DPP in Gra­ham­stown had de­clined to pros­e­cute af­ter the docket had been trans­ferred there by the fam­ily vi­o­lence, child pro­tec­tion and sex­ual of­fences unit.

The Daily Dis­patch was sent mul­ti­ple tele­phone record­ings al­leged to be be­tween Turn­bull and the fam­ily and friends of one of his al­leged vic­tims. In these record­ings not only does a man who re­sponds to the name An­drew make threats to friends and fam­ily of the al­leged vic­tim, but also claims to be con­nected to well-known char­ac­ters in the South African crim­i­nal un­der­world in­clud­ing Rashied Stag­gie, former leader of the Hard Liv­ings gang.

Pic­tures: FACE­BOOK

CAUGHT IN ACT: An­drew Turn­bull, above. Be­low, a screen­grab from Face­book show­ing him al­legedly throt­tling a woman.

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