April 12 2012 - Lorna Poulter, beaten into a coma by an abusive black male who happened to be driving past her while the animal-lover was speaking to two donkey-car owners in Walmer, Port Elizabeth Tuesday April 3 2012 -- remains under sedation and on ventilator in hospital -- as reported on April 13 2012:
Xolisa Ntantiso, 26, a black man of Walmer, Port Elizabeth, appeared in court Friday for the vicious attack on animal lover Lorna Poulter. She remains on a ventilator and sedated at a local hospital. She reportedly is out of the coma.
Written by: Derrick Spies:
The man accused of beating animal lover Lorna Poulter with the anti-theft device from his car, after she had stopped on the side of the road to berate two donkey cart drivers for overloading their cart, appeared in court on April 12 2012.
Xolisa Ntantiso, 26, was charged with attempted murder after he allegedly beat Poulter, 50, into a coma following an altercation outside the Walmer Park Shopping Centre in Main Road, Walmer, on Tuesday night April 3 2012.
Witnesses said they saw Ntantiso pulling up in his car alongside Poulter while the 50-year-old white woman was speaking to the donkey cart drivers.
The black male driver confronted her and abused her verbally in a heated exchange. Ntantiso then allegedly fetched a "gorilla steering wheel lock: from his car and started beating the white woman over the head with it.
A passer-by who had just come from the Walmer Park Shopping Centre, witnessed the attack and called Atlas security, who arrived minutes later and apprehended Ntantiso, who was still at the scene.
They also helped stabilise Poulter, who was LYING IN A POOL OF BLOOD, SLIPPING IN AND OUT OF CONSCIOUSNESS.
Witnesses at the scene confirmed that (a) the cart had been overloaded and (b)that the two donkeys pulling the cart were underfed, injured and exhausted.
Eastern Cape Horse Care Unit inspector Megan Hope has since confiscated the donkeys and the cart, as municipal bylaws prohibited donkey carts from being on the road after sundown.
On April 13 2012 Poulter is still in Greenacres Hospital, reportedly on a ventilator and being kept sedated. She is said to be making a slow recovery.
Nikki Pollak, who operates the Facebook group "Animals Port Elizabeth", said Poulter’s neighbour was looking after and feeding her dog and three cats.
Pollak and Animal Anti Cruelty League representative Linda-louise Swain have established a fund to help pay Poulter’s medical bills.
Those interested in contributing can do so via EFT to the Port Elizabeth Animal Anti Cruelty League’s ABSA banking account, using the reference LORNA. PEACHAACL, Account: 9210194329, Newton Park Branch 511917.
Meanwhile Ntantiso was not asked to plead to any charges and the case was remanded to May 13, 2012, when a bail application hearing will be held. Meanwhile he remains in custody.
CONTACT: Megan Hope: firstname.lastname@example.org
tel 041 3661 594 cell: 072 357 2505
Bystanders reported that Poulter was verbally abused with racially-abusive language during the assault.