Beuthin wins court
Beuthin shuffled out of the courtroom
The judge awarded him three crucial orders in his battle
against prison authorities over what he describes as
"cruel, inhumane and degrading" treatment.
On Tuesday, Johannesburg High Court Judge Phillip
Boruchowitz lashed out at the Department of Correctional
Services and gave its lawyers a week to explain why
Beuthin's application - with Minister Ngconde Balfour as
first respondent - has gone unanswered and unopposed.
|He claimed he had been
moved from prison to prison six times
Boruchowitz also ruled that the prisoner must
immediately be given his medication and told why his
parole was revoked without a hearing.
In his application, Beuthin - on trial for an attack on
former Hell's Angel Eduard Jacobs last year - asked the
court to put a stop to the "victimisation and
intimidation" he was subjected to at Johannesburg
He claimed he had been moved from
prison to prison six times, which had hampered his
preparation for his upcoming trial, and asked for the
"unlawful transfers" to stop.
Beuthin said he was forbidden from socialising with
other prisoners, denied a chance to exercise on the very
gym equipment he donated while serving 15 years for
assaulting his former girlfriend, and was not being
given medicine for a chronic bone infection.
Beuthin has also asked the court to force Correctional
Services to give him feedback on his various requests
and pay the costs of his application, which he is
presenting in court himself.
|'I am being hampered in
my preparation and legal consultation with my
former bouncer was on parole when he was arrested on
November 20 for kidnapping Jacobs and beating him with a
But, he claims, he has not violated his parole
conditions and has asked for a formal hearing to oppose
the revoking. If successful, the ruling may pave the way
for his bail application.
"I have become rather desperate in the circumstance,"
Beuthin wrote in his affidavit. "Due to the fact that I
am on a regular basis being intimidated and victimised.
"I am being hampered in my preparation and legal
consultation with my legal matters."
Judge Boruchowitz was unimpressed that the time for
replying affidavits had lapsed without explanation, that
the lawyer in court was not briefed on the case and that
the person who was could not be reached.
"Why is nothing done?" and "that's not an answer!", the
judge repeated before postponing the case to Tuesday.