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KFC drive-trough alleged assaulters back in Pretoria court

JOHANNESBURG, September 14 – The five men accused of assaulting a couple at a KFC in Pretoria are expected to appear in the Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

Stephan Nel, 39, Marius Harding, 23, DJ van Rooyen, 21, Ockert Muller, 20, and Joshua Scholtz, 21, are facing charges of attempted murder, assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm, and pointing a firearm.

They allegedly attacked Jacob Sono and his wife Dudu at a KFC drive-through in Pretoria north in August.

On August 30, three of the five men were denied bail. Magistrate Motlhoki Rapulana remanded Stephen Nel, 39, Joshua Scholtz, 21, and 21-year-old Dicky Junior van Rooyen, citing the seriousness of the charges they faced and the public outcry which followed the much publicised incident.

Nel, Scholtz, and Van Rooyen are charged, together with 23-year-old Marius Harding and 20-year-old Ockert Muller.

Harding, previously abandoned his bail application and Muller was previously granted R5,000 bail.

The five are facing charges of attempted murder, assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm, and the pointing a firearm.

State witnesses – two police officers – previously testified in the bail application bid that the five had acted in common purpose and that the attack was racially motivated.

The attack was captured on cellphone video and the clip went viral on social media earlier this month. There was a public outcry leading to the arrest of the five men.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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