Thembinkosi Lorch found guilty of assaulting his girlfriend, will be sentenced in July. Thembinkosi Lorch, a winger for the Orlando Pirates, was found guilty of assaulting his then-girlfriend Fundiswa Mathithibala by the Randburg Magistrate Court on Tuesday, according to the National Prosecution Authority.
Thembinkosi Lorch found guilty of assaulting his girlfriend, will be sentenced in July
On September 6, 2020, Lorch was accused of attacking Mathithibala with the intent to cause serious bodily harm.
It was claimed that Lorch assaulted the woman by reportedly slapping and strangling her after a dispute when Mathithibala inquired about his whereabouts in a condominium in Midrand.
Lorch and his witness did not make a good impression during the court hearings, said NPA spokeswoman Phindi Mjonondwane.
“Fundiswa Nokuphiwa Mathithibala said she was visiting Lorch when he left her at his home to go out with his friend. Mathithibala saw that it was getting late and messaged him to return her car keys,” said the NPA spokesperson.
“On arrival, an argument ensued. Lorch became violent towards her and started to strangle her, beat her whilst pulling her up and down. She called for help and his friend came to her rescue,” the statement continued.
“The accused did not have any injuries which meant that he was the aggressor. The accused and his witness did not create a good impression in court and appeared to be not credible witnesses.”
The decision against Lorch comes after the player assisted Pirates in securing their second trophy of the year just last week when they won the Nedbank Cup.
The winger was responsible for the penalty that helped Pirates defeat Sekhukhune United 2-1 and win the Cup at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium.
After finishing second in the DStv Premiership standings, the Ke Yona Cup triumph gave Bucs two championships for the year and qualified them for the Caf Champions League.
But it appears that Lorch will have to end his partying early.