‘Little massage’ leads to sexual assault charge for hairdresser

His court case was postponed until January 14 after he was assigned a new legal aid attorney. His previous lawyer, Labiek Samuels, withdrew from the case.

Samuels told TimesLIVE another witness testimony was still outstanding.

The barber, who speaks broken English, told TimesLIVE he had lost a large number of clients after his picture and name were published in a local newspaper.

“People are coming to my shop and making fun of me now. Many people are no longer coming to my store,” he said.

He said he gave all his clients a “little massage” at the end of their appointment, something that had made his salon wildly popular.

He even went out of his way to demonstrate the massage by rubbing the head and shoulders of a journalist. He claimed it was the same massage he gave during the alleged assault.

The man is on bail of R500.

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