Johannesburg - The man allegedly caught on video kicking a Volkswagen and attacking the driver in a road-rage incident last month appeared far more temperate on Thursday than his YouTube incarnation.
Gregory Kleinhentz made his second short appearance at the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday morning, calmly accepting the postponement date of September 11 before quickly leaving the premises.
The State claims it still needs time to investigate, but with direct video evidence believed to link Kleinhentz to the attack, it’s unclear how much longer will be needed before the assault and malicious damage to property trial begins.
In the video, which went viral, a man who looks like Kleinhentz climbs out of the passenger side of a Porsche on Witkoppen Road and begins harassing the driver of a VW.
He is seen in the video kicking the window of his victim’s car on the driver’s side.
After the VW driver rolls down his window, his assailant is seen putting his arms into the window and is believed to have grabbed the car keys, then thrown them into the street.
Kleinhentz was later arrested, charged with common assault and malicious damage to property, and released on R500 bail.
At his first appearance earlier this month, Kleinhentz’s bail was revoked and a warrant of arrest was issued when he failed to appear in court when first called.
However, he appeared later that day and his lawyer, Karl Schüler, explained that they had missed the appearance because they were in a private consultation.
Kleinhentz’s bail was then reinstated.