Case opened against cop after nightclub assault

2011-05-10 00:00

AN assault case was opened against a warrant officer of Mountain Rise police station following an incident in which a young man was stabbed several times at a nightclub in Pietermaritzburg in the early hours of Saturday.

Jermaine Gayadeen (21) of Northdale sustained 10 stab wounds to the head and body.

He alleged that the warrant officer, known to The Witness, and a group of about 20 men, including the policeman’s 18-year-old son, attacked him at Crystal Palace Night Club at about 2 am.

Said Gayadeen, “I never said any­thing to them except trying to intervene when the officer and his son were assaulting one of my friends, Kyle Steiger.

“The officer hit me in the face, and when his son was trying to hit me with a beer bottle the bouncers threw me out of the club.”

He said the officer and his companions followed him to the parking lot and assaulted him until he became unconscious.

“The whole group kicked and jumped on my body, while others were stabbing me.

“ I’m not sure whether they were stabbing with bottles or knives,” he said.

A security guard said he saw a group attacking Gayadeen, who works as a cashier in the CBD, with broken bottles. He was taken to Northdale Hospital.

Gayadeen’s friend, Homayra Shaik, said the officer is her uncle and that she was present when the assault took place.

“I tried to separate them, but I was pulled away by my hair before I was punched on the face,” said Shaik.

Attempts to get hold of the officer failed, but his wife has denied that he took part in the assault.

“People are saying that my husband assaulted someone at the club … The fact is that it’s not him who assaulted the man.

“Instead, my son was stabbed in the back in that incident,” said the warrant officer’s wife.

She said her son is recovering in bed at home.

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