Luke Sky­walker in the dock

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - MIKE BEHR

THE force will be re­vealed in the Cape Town Re­gional Court to­mor­row when Luke Sky­walker ap­pears on charges of at­tempt­ing to mur­der his wife with his bare hands the night be­fore New Year’s eve 2017.

The trial re­volves around a fight in the four-storey West Beach home of Sky­walker and his then-wife, Pa­tri­cia, both highly trained mar­tial arts ex­perts, that lasted for about 30 min­utes.

Sources al­lege the fight erupted while Sky­walker was try­ing to record ev­i­dence of in­fi­delity and the trans­fer of mil­lions of rands in joint mar­i­tal as­sets.

Sky­walker is best known to the wider pub­lic as the face of a pop­u­lar fam­ily restau­rant chain 13 years ago.

To his mar­tial arts stu­dents at his Table­view Shaolin Kung Fu In­sti­tute tem­ple, he is sifu (mas­ter) Luke who has been prac­tis­ing his dis­ci­pline for over three decades.

Pa­tri­cia has a black belt in karate and be­gan her kung fu train­ing at the tem­ple five years ago. She also went to China with her hus­band in 2013 to train at the Shaolin Tem­ple and the Wu­dang Mar­tial Arts Academy at Wu­dang Moun­tain which in­volved rig­or­ous, full con­tact fight­ing.

She is also a mil­lion­aire im­port and ex­port busi­ness­woman.

The cou­ple have two teenage chil­dren each from pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ships. They di­vorced last month af­ter an ac­ri­mo­nious eight month le­gal bat­tle.

The charge sheet in court this week claims Star Wars name­sake Luke Lee Sky­walker tried to kill his wife by “re­peat­edly slap­ping, punch­ing, stran­gling and hit­ting the com­plainant with fists”. In ad­di­tion, it al­leges Sky­walker “in­ten­tion­ally de­prived” his wife “of her free­dom of move­ment by keep­ing her at their home against her will”.

Records show Pa­tri­cia laid charges of as­sault with in­ten­tion to do griev­ous bodily harm at Ta­ble View po­lice sta­tion on New Year’s Eve and got a pro­tec­tion or­der against her hus­band. He was ar­rested and later re­leased on R500 bail.

Records also show that Sky­walker laid as­sault charges against his wife and got a pro­tec­tion or­der pre­vent­ing her from com­ing with 100m of him. Records also re­veal that in 2015 a third party opened a case of as­sault against Pa­tri­cia, but her hus­band de­clined to press charges.

Sources close to the case claim that in Oc­to­ber 2017 Sky­walker was left bleed­ing af­ter be­ing kicked in the face in an al­ter­ca­tion in front of his chil­dren.

The trial has been set down for to­mor­row, but is likely to be post­poned for the de­fence to present a de­tailed case be­lieved to in­clude foren­sic ev­i­dence and footage of part of the al­leged as­sault.

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