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NPANews24 reports that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has declined to prosecute the owner of Food Lover's Market and Spar franchises in Hartbeespoort in the North West in connection with the alleged assault of an employee.  

"We declined to prosecute, as there were no reasonable prospects of a successful prosecution," a NPA spokesperson explained.  Chris Giannakopoulos was supposed to appear in the Pretoria North Magistrate's Court on Monday, but the case did not proceed because the State declined to prosecute.  He was accused of assaulting Jacob Vurayai, who claimed that the accused used a wooden palette to beat him in August 2018 and caused injuries all over his body.  A female employee also opened a case of common assault against Giannakopoulos in October 2018.  Issues with witness statements and a lack of supporting medical records were among the reasons that apparently led the State to decline to prosecute.  Vurayai, who had been waiting in court, said he was disappointed, but would continue to fight for justice to be served.  The Hartbeespoort Community Development Initiative (HCDI), which has been assisting Vurayai, said they were also disappointed, but would work hard to ensure the matter was reviewed and returned to court.

  • Read the original report by Sesona Ngqakamba in full at News24

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