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Witness injuries questioned in Krejcir trial

Crime & Courts

Johannesburg - The man kidnapped and assaulted, allegedly by Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir and five others, was on Monday questioned about permanent injuries he said he sustained.

Annelene van den Heever, for Krejcir, questioned State witness Bheki Lukhele in the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting in Palm Ridge, on injuries he said he sustained, allegedly at Krejcir's hands.

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Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir appears in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on Friday, 24 January 2014. Krejcir and his four co-accused were appearing on charges of kidnapping, assault, and attempted murder. Krejcir appeared alongside Siboniso Miya, Sandton businessman Desai Luphondo, and two members of the Hawks, warrant officers Samuel Modise Maropeng and George Jeff Nthoroane.Four of the men were arrested in November. Miya was arrested in January.In June, they allegedly kidnapped and assaulted a man whose brother, known only as "Doctor", disappeared with a 25kg shipment of tik he had been recruited to help smuggle through OR Tambo International Airport.They are accused of keeping the man at Krejcir's Money Point business in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, for four days, and assaulting him. The matter was postponed to February 24.Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Krejcir, Desai Luphondo, warrant officers Samuel Modise Maropeng and George Nthoroane, Jan Lefu Mofokeng, and Siboniso Miya are charged with dealing in drugs, and the attempted murder and kidnapping of Lukhele.

“Did you sustain permanent injuries or marks from this assault on you with boiling water?” she asked.

“Yes, there were some,” he answered.

He pointed to his left shoulder and said there were marks underneath his clothes. He earlier told the court that Krejcir poured boiling water over his head while he was being held captive in June last year.

Judge Collin Lamont asked the interpreter if he could see marks where Lukhele was pointing. The interpreter, after briefly looking, responded: “No my lord, I can't see the marks.”

Van den Heever continued her cross-examination of Lukhele by asking him what kind of marks he had and if they were visible. Lukhele described his marks as black spots and said they were visible on his shoulders and back.

When Van den Heever continued to ask about visible marks, Lamont asked if she wanted Lukhele to be examined by the district surgeon. She said yes.

Lamont said Lukhele should be examined and a report compiled.

Lukhele said he was injured on top of his head and his skin peeled off.

“It [the peeling] was bit by bit, it was just peeling off.”

He said he wore a hat to cover it up.

Van den Heever asked Lukhele about the doctor he went to see after he was released following his kidnapping.

Lukhele earlier told the court he was kidnapped from his Katlehong home on June 25 last year by Krejcir and his five co-accused.

Lukhele's brother Doctor worked for a cargo company at OR Tambo International airport. He apparently disappeared with 25kg of crystal methamphetamine (tik) he was supposed to help transport to Australia, allegedly for Krejcir.

Lukhele was allegedly held at Krejcir's Money Point gold exchange business in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, in June last year, and tortured in a bid to have him reveal his brother's whereabouts.

Lamont ordered that images of Lukhele not be published because he is in witness protection.

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