‘I asked Pomersbach to leave, he punched me’

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: May 22, 2012 00:20 IST

Australian batsman Luke Pomersbach, left, is escorted by a policeman to be produced at a court in New Delhi. Pomersbach, who plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League cricket match, has been detained by Delhi Police for allegedly molesting a woman and assaulting her fiance. AP/Manish Swarup


Sahil Peerzada, 28, has said he had politely asked Luke Pomersbach to leave his hotel room after he molested his fiancé, but instead the Australian cricketer had started punching him. 

Peerzada, whose eardrum had been crushed in the brawl that ensued, was discharged after surgery from Primus hospital in Chanakyapuri, on Monday.

“He (Pomersbach) misbehaved with my friend and when I asked him to leave, he started punching me,” he said.

Confirming that there were many cricketers at the party on the fateful night, Peerzada said  he had been invited on behalf of the Deccan Chargers team, which had also booked the room for him.

On the investigation, the model-turned Mumbai businessman said that he had given his statement to the police and since the matter was in court, he did not want to comment. When quizzed on Sidhartha Mallya’s tweet, Peerzada said that Mallya was a good host. He, however, refused to say anything on his relationship with the US national, who was allegedly molested by Pomersbach. “It is something personal,” he said.

Meanwhile, the victim said she was happy that Peerzada had recovered, but had not decided on the further course of action.

Peerzada has recorded a statement with the police in which he has narrated the same sequence of events as the victim. “He too has said that Pomersbach met them at the party and came back to their room with them. There, he molested his girlfriend and hit him too,” Peerzada told the police.

“Peerzada has only asked him to leave the room, but he (Pomersbach) started assaulting him and even punched him in the face several times,” the victim had said. Peerzada and the victim had come to Delhi a day before the incident.

 

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