After “months of hell” a Cape Town woman who was allegedly punched and knocked to the ground during a road rage incident, is still on a desperate mission, demanding that justice take its course.
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The victim, Leandri Spies, was en route to fetch her child from school in January last year when Robert Porter was allegedly driving “like a maniac“ in Noordhoek.
Speaking to the Weekend Argus, Spies said that Porter reportedly started to attack another female motorist verbally. She then tried to intervene.
“She was scared and shocked … I got out of my vehicle, as their vehicles were blocking the way. I told him to stop, that his driving and behaviour is unacceptable and he can hurt or kill someone,” Spies told the Weekend Argus. “He went berserk.”
According to Spies, Porter was “swearing, pointing, screaming in my face, so close his saliva landed in my face.”
“I also told him to stop pointing and get out of my face or I will spray him with pepper spray. It happened so fast.”
“He was red in the face, angry, hostile and irrational, screaming and swearing obscenities. In the distance I could hear his wife screaming and yelling too.”
“I sprayed him with the pepper spray, which I always carry in my car when walking my dog. He then punched me in the face. It took a split second and I was on the tar. I never sprayed anyone before,” she said.
“My eyes were burning and I felt something warm run down my face. I got off the tar on my hands and knees and touched my face. I saw the blood. He was still yelling and swearing, still running towards me. I called the watch group ADT for assistance. I took a picture of him coming for me again. My head hurt, my jaw hurt, my hands and knees hurt, but I was frozen with fear he would hit me again,” she said.
Spies then opened a case of assault against Porter whom she said left her with “bad facial bruises, lacerations and stitches, a broken tooth, several body bruises and fear.”
“The saddest part is, I am a person who wants to help and assist a fellow female in need, but because of this, I will also drive past in future,” she said.
Meanwhile, police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk confirmed that a case of assault had been registered with the police.
“It’s a common assault case, the complainant saw the accused scolding some other lady … the complainant then started screaming when he wanted to assault the other lady.”
“The accused approached the complainant, she sprayed him with pepper spray and then he struck her in the face. The last court appearance was March 6,” said Van Wyk.
The case will resume on April 4 in the Simon’s Town Magistrates’ Court.