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Man convicted of whisky assault on S Africa`s Zuma

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 23:50

Johannesburg: A South African racehorse
owner was found guilty on Wednesday of assaulting President Jacob
Zuma after he spilled whisky on the leader at a horse race
last year.

Daryl Peense admitted in Durban Magistrate`s Court
that he spilled his drink as Zuma passed below his balcony at
the Durban July, the country`s largest horse race, but said it
had been an accident caused by people pushing to get a view of
the president.

However, one of Zuma`s bodyguards told the court he
had seen Peense deliberately pour a tumbler of whisky and
water over the president`s head, missing him only because an
alert guard used his jacket to shelter Zuma.

Peense, who testified that he was drunk at the time,
will be sentenced on September 7.

Prosecutors said he would likely escape jail time.
"It`s a probability that he will be fined,"
prosecution spokeswoman Natasha Ramkisson said.


First Published: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 23:50

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