Orlando Pirates star Thembinkosi Lorch has been handed a suspended three-year prison sentence, after being found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, by the Randburg Magistrate Court on Tuesday.
Lorch had been found guilty of “assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm” in July. He was first arrested for the incident in 2020 and faced a sentence of up to five years behind bars.
The 30-year-old, who is still playing for Pirates in the DStv Premiership, was also ordered to pay R100 000 to a gender-based violence group called People Opposing Women Abuse, according to SundayWorld.
The Pirates forward will also not be allowed to own a gun following his sentence.
Intent to cause grievous bodily harm
In June, the National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa released the following statement after Lorch was found guilty.
“Soccer star Thembinkosi Lorch has been found guilty of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, by the Randburg Magistrates’ Court. The case relates to a complaint laid with the Midrand Police by his girlfriend in September 2020, that resulted in his arrest and subsequent release on bail of R2000.
“Lorch was arrested on 07 September 2020, following an incident that happened at his place of residence in Midrand, on 06 September 2020. 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. On arrival, an argument ensued and 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 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.”
IOL Sport reached out to Orlando Pirates for comment but is still awaiting a response.