Charges withdrawn in Tiger Tiger nightclub incident
All charges against three young East London men charged with attempted murder in the infamous Tiger Tiger nightclub incident last year were dropped today.
The headline-grabbing case was withdrawn at the Wynberg Magistrates Court today afternoon.
Mitchell Turner, 20, Chad de Matos, 19, and Aaron Mack, 20, were arrested in Cape Town in October last year after cleaner Delia Adonis, 52, alleged they and two other young men beat her viciously. She claimed her son Tesh-Lee had intervened in their assault on her.
The young men - all former Selborne College pupils - were arrested, denied bail and spent a night in Pollsmoor Prison before Booth made an urgent high court application to free them from their cells.
The docket was then forwarded to the director of public prosecutions in the Western Cape who declined to prosecute and withdrew all charges.
Another two men implicated in the incident, but never charged or named in the press, will now not be charged.
In a startling turnaround, their defence attorney William Booth told Daily Dispatch that the men and their families are now considering taking criminal and civil action against Adonis and her son.
“Now the truth is out. She assaulted one of my clients with a broomstick. She was the perpetrator in this incident,” said Booth. “She alleged this was a racist attack, which is a blatant lie. It had nothing to do with racism. They are not racist,” said Booth, who said the case should have been investigated before the boys were arrested.