Afrikaans matriculant in hospital with cracked skull from mystery attack, Hatfield

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Afrikaans Garsfontein High school pupil Wiehahn Wehmeyer lands in hospital with a fractured skull: after mystery-attack by celebrating fellow-matriculants in Hatfield, Jan 6 2010 

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2011-01-07  Hatfield, Pretoria – Afrikaans teen Wiehahn Wehmeyer, 18, a matriculant at Afrikaans High School Garsfontein, was rushed to Netcare Unitas Hospital with a fractured skull after he was attacked by fellow-matriculants. His mother Linda du Toit said ‘nobody can say exactly what happened.” His father Hennie Wehmeyer urges fellow-pupils to come forward if they know anything…

—————-Wehmeyer Wiehann matriculant Hatfield attacked by fellow pupils Jan62010

“It seems as if someone attacked him in the dark from behind and beat him with a fist against the back of his skull,’ she said. His father Hennie Wehmeyer has asked anyone who may know what happened to his son at the party, to please urgently email him at  hennie1@ mtn .blackberry.com.

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The Afrikaans youngster was bleeding from his ears and vomited blood after the attack, wrote Hanti Otto in the Pretoria News.   “Wake up, son. You have passed matric, you have to celebrate,” Linda du Toit had still said cheerfully on her son’s voicemail yesterday. She presumed he was safely tucked into bed at a friend’s house after celebrating the end of his high school career. However only half an hour later she learnt that he was in hospital with bleeding on the brain and a fractured skull after being attacked in Hatfield on Wednesday night while with friends celebrating the end of his high school career.

Instead of excitedly scanning newspapers for his results like the rest of the country’s matric pupils yesterday, Wiehann Wehmeyer was admitted to the Netcare Unitas hospital, bleeding from the ears and vomiting blood. Wiehann, who turned 18 on December 10 last year, matriculated from Hoërskool Garsfontein.

Mrs Du Toit said she was ‘devastated and confused”, trying to figure out how it happened that she was standing at her only child’s hospital bed instead of celebrating his matric results. “No one can tell me what exactly happened. Wiehann went out with friends and would have slept over at one of them. It sounds as if during the night someone came from behind and hit my son with a fist on the back of his head. Apparently Wiehann went down like a bag of potatoes and fell against the pavement,” Du Toit said.

His friends apparently picked him up and took him to where he would have slept over.  Yesterday morning someone – it is not clear who – went to check on Wiehann. Blood was oozing from one of his ears and the friend’s mother rushed him to hospital. Du Toit said Wiehann’s father, Hennie Wehmeyer, who lived in Pretoria, sent her a message at about 6.30am, saying Wiehann had passed matric and had done very well. “I phoned my son, but he did not answer. I left an excited message on his voicemail, saying he should wake up to celebrate. Thirty minutes later Hennie phoned to say Wiehann was badly hurt and I needed to come to Pretoria,” she recalled.

Wehmeyer said he had returned from buying a newspaper for Wiehann’s results, when he got the call that his son was being taken to hospital. He had instructed the friends to take Wiehann to Pretoria East hospital, the nearest but, as the neurosurgeon was on leave, Wiehann was transferred to Netcare Unitas. “We could not even celebrate this big achievement (his matric results) with my son,” Wehmeyer said. After seeing Wiehann in hospital, Du Toit said: “My child was so badly hurt. The doctor said his condition could go either way. He kept vomiting blood. He could speak to me, but cannot remember much.”

She said Wiehann was not a fighter or aggressive, but usually the one to keep the peace. “Someone must have seen something. Please, someone help us with answers. While other children were receiving their results, my son did not even know how well he had done. Instead he is in hospital, hurting,” his mother said.

Netcare Unitas spokeswoman Isobel Fowler said Wiehann was admitted to the trauma ICU. She confirmed that he had a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain, but said he was in a stable condition. The family is considering opening an assault case once Wiehann has recovered enough to make a statement. Anyone with information may e-mail Wehmeyer at hennie1@ mtn .blackberry.com. –

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Pretoria News http://www.nuus24.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Tiener-by-matriekpartytjie-aangeval-20110107

About Adriana Stuijt
Retired South African-Dutch journalist formerly Sunday Times Johannesburg

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