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3 Apr 2014
8:29 am

Amputee suffers epileptic fit

Amputee Flippie Engelbrecht suffered an epileptic fit hours before the man accused of assaulting him appeared on new assault charges in the Ashton Magistrate's Court.

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Willem Treurnicht, manager of Rietvallei wine estate, was up on fresh charges of assault with grievous bodily harm, The Star reported on Thursday.

He allegedly assaulted two farmworkers in 2009 and 2010.

The case was postponed to May 27, but he was set to appear in court again on Thursday in connection with Engelbrecht’s assault.

Rietvallei wine estate owner Johnny Burger and Treurnicht allegedly beat Engelbrecht, then aged 16, so badly that the assault left him blind.

After the assault, Engelbrecht suffered from epileptic fits. During one fit, he fell into a fire that left him without hands.

Burger committed suicide in September, two months after the pair’s first court appearance.

Sapa