Charg­ing ex-driver with pub­lic in­de­cency ‘tricky’

The Witness - - NEWS - CHELSEA PIETERSE

THE fam­ily of the young woman seen in a video of a Mr D food de­liv­ery man pub­li­cally mas­tur­bat­ing, plan on open­ing a crim­i­nal case against the driver.

This was con­firmed by a Mr D spokesper­son yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, who said the fam­ily did not wish to speak to the press but said they wanted to lay a charge against the for­mer de­liv­ery man.

Po­lice how­ever, have said that no cases have been opened and added open­ing a case in this mat­ter “would be tricky”.

Two se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers said that since the young woman did not see the man mas­tur­bat­ing in the video, a case of pub­lic in­de­cency would be hard to prove.

The man had come to de­liver food, as an em­ployee of Mr D Food de­liv­ery, how­ever, once the young woman had re­ceived her or­der and started walk­ing back to the house, the man can be seen undoing his trousers and plea­sur­ing him­self in front of the gate in broad day­light.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred on Tuesday this week in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg, how­ever, it is un­clear where in the city it hap­pened. It was also con­firmed through sources that the man, who de­liv­ered the food in his own ve­hi­cle, had false num­ber plates.

Mr D has since fired the man and has ex­tended its apolo­gies to the fam­ily of the woman in­volved.

The of­fi­cers said the woman can open a case with po­lice of pub­lic in­de­cency, but warned it would be hard to pros­e­cute as she did not wit­ness the man mas­tur­bat­ing.

He added the per­son who filmed the video might not be able to open a case ei­ther, as she is heard laugh­ing at the end of the video and it ap­pears she knew what the man was about to do.

The of­fi­cer stressed that what the man had done was dis­turb­ing and un­ac­cept­able.

Mr D Food di­rec­tor Devin Sin­clair had said in a state­ment on Wednesday that as soon as the in­ci­dent was brought to their at­ten­tion, the driver was iden­ti­fied and his con­tract was ter­mi­nated with im­me­di­ate ef­fect. • [email protected]­ness.co.za

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