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Domestic worker attack case postponed

Tim Osrin appeared in court in connection with the assault of Cynthia Joni.

SWEAT members protesting outside the Wynberg Magistrate Court in support of Cynthia Joni after she was mistaken for a sex worker. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The case against a Kenilworth man accused of assaulting a Khayelitsha domestic worker has been postponed in the Wynberg Magistrates Court.

Swimming school owner Tim Osrin appeared in court on Thursday in connection with the assault of Cynthia Joni.

According to reports, Osrin hit the domestic worker because he mistook her for a prostitute.

The incident took place in early October.

He waited inside the courtroom for his appearance.

The suspect used a hooded jacket to cover his face.

Orsin was then taken to a separate room as members of the media and public crowded around him to take photographs.

When he eventually stood in the dock, his lawyer asked the court for more time to enter into a plea bargaining process to receive more details on the charges.

The case was postponed to 20 January.

At the same time, the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) protested outside the court.

The group said they gathered to support the domestic worker.

SWEAT says several steelworkers in the area have laid charges against Osrin for assault.

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