Student lied about injuries, court hears

Bloemfontein - Medical records do not support the injury claims of a Free State student alleged to have been assaulted by two fellow students, the Bloemfontein Regional Court heard on Thursday.

Cobus Muller faces four charges which include reckless driving, crimen injuria, attempted murder and assault, while Charl Blom faces a charge of assault.

The State indicated the two students tried to run over fellow-student Muzi Gwebu with their bakkie on the university's Bloemfontein campus in February this year.

When Gwebu confronted the two students moments after this, he was allegedly assaulted.

Muller and Blom have pleaded not guilty to the respective charges they face.

"Hospital records show everything was normal," Johann Nel, counsel to the two men, said to Gwebu in cross-examination.

The alleged victim replied that he could not comment on a doctor's report.

"I put it to you that your [medical injury] claims... you are exaggerating, because your medical record does not back you up," Nel said.

Mwebu answered that his personal feelings in hospital could not be felt by another.

Nel submitted to court Mwebu felt so good at 02:00 after being discharged from hospital, he wanted to go to the Park Road police station to lay charges immediately.

A UFS security vehicle was at the hospital to take him back to campus and to open charges at the institution's security centre.

"I saw it irrelevant to lay charges at the university," Mwebu answered.

Nel further argued Mwebu's claims of experiencing discomfort after the alleged vehicle incident and assault were unreliable.

"It's not backed up by the reports and your actions after you have been discharged," said Nel, adding the State gave his medical records of the incident to the defence.

Mwebu did not reply to this comment.

The court adjourned to Monday next week.

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Trevor Whitehead 2014/07/31 06:50:48 PM
Ooooh...looks like the boys story is falling apart..hahahaha..hoop jy sien jou gat
Chris Whittaker 2014/07/31 06:58:00 PM
Please tell me they didn't charge these guys, one with attempted murder, with no evidence but the alleged victims version?
Mbuyi Mabuya Maphalala 2014/07/31 07:01:46 PM
So are they self inflicted injuries, the two white boys innocent?
Luyanda Biyela 2014/07/31 07:08:07 PM
Fact is they tried to run him over and assaulted him and that is wrong. Him exxagarating his injuries is also wrong
Pat Aldrich 2014/07/31 07:09:45 PM
Seems like a bs story.
Simphiwe Mbatha 2014/07/31 07:16:00 PM
let us see what is next here
Prego George 2014/07/31 07:34:17 PM
We all know the one thing they are good at is putting up this show. Fainting at funerals of people they dont even know. Also playing the race card game. And they want to do the rugby thing. In fact they should be charged if hospital records shows nothing they actually undermining society by playing this game.
Paljas Paljassie 2014/07/31 07:45:59 PM
Who is the real rascist here? Open a case of rascism against the student, cos clearly and looking at the initial case he blamed them of rascism. Time these people are taking responsibility for playing the race card to harm innocent people. Same with the NSPCA guy who is accused as a rascist while we all know its a fabrication to draw attention on the "poor suffering black" people.
Famida Nana 2014/07/31 08:02:33 PM
Did anyone else notice that Muzi Gwebu became Mwebu later on in the article?
Kimberly 2014/07/31 10:02:29 PM
I put it to you that this student either needs a quick financial solution or he is just after attention. He's getting it but at what cost? Again it's a situation of people acting rashly and not considering their future prospects.