- The man who turned himself in for mowing down a car guard has been released on bail
- According to the suspect, his incarceration would cause an emotional strain on his family
- It was also revealed that he plans on pleading not guilty to the attempted murder charge against him
Only days after he handed himself over, the motorist who is suspected of driving over a car guard appeared for the first time in the Stellenbosch Magistrate's Court.
Johan Steyn, a 38-year-old Kraaifontein resident, plans to plead not guilty on an attempted murder charge against him.
According to a report by News24, Magistrate Alaric Amos released Steyn on R2 000 bail after his lawyer argued he was not a flight risk.
In his petition to be granted bail, Steyn said he had to return to his wife and son, 1, to take care of them.
The report also suggested Steyn owns his own business, which employs six people, and his in-laws also rely on him.
According to Steyn's affidavit, he tried to hand himself over three times before he was arrested on his last attempt.
Steyn said during his first two attempts, he was told there was no case opened against him. Steyn also revealed he plans on pleading not guilty, adding:
"It is and has always been my contention that I have not committed any offence as alleged in this matter."
Briefly.co.za previously reported a video of a motorist mowing down a car guard during a fit of road rage has gone viral on social media.
The incident reportedly took place at Die Boord Spar in Stellenbosch. The report further confirmed that the guard miraculously survived the ordeal.
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