Fisticuffs outside PMB club

2010-01-25 00:00

ANOTHER patron of Crowded House nightclub has been injured in a fight, this time outside the club, according to a Pietermaritzburg parent.

A man who wished to remain anony­mous told The Witness that a young man was punched by an off-duty policeman and suffered a broken jaw in the incident, which occurred just outside the club at about 3 am on Friday.

Although The Witness was unable to make contact with the alleged victim of the assault, the newspaper was able to establish that he was treated at a local hospital for his injuries on Friday and was subsequently discharged.

There was no record of any charges having been laid with the police in connection with the incident.

The Witness was told that the victim had accidentally knocked a cellphone out of the hand of the off-duty policeman. The man reacted by punching the youngster, although he had apologised.

The parent of a youngster who frequents Crowded House said he was concerned that the club’s management takes no responsibility for what happens outside and even inside its own establishment.

“They are the ones selling alcohol, which leads to these incidents and then they just absolve themselves of any responsibility,” he said.

Earlier this month, Henk Lambaard and Louis van Heerden were injured when they were allegedly beaten with a stick inside Crowded House by an off-duty bouncer.

The incident allegedly started when Lambaard and the off-duty bouncer began arguing.

When Van Heerden attempted to intervene, he became involved in the fight.

Lambaard and the off-duty bouncer, Derek Wyatt, laid charges against one another arising from the incident and both appeared in court on Friday.

Attempts at mediation are believed to be under way.

Soon after that incident, the manager of Crowded House, Carlos de Freitas, told The Witness that his

establishment prided itself on being a venue where patrons can enjoy a fun and safe night out, and that the club takes the security of its patrons seriously.

The Witness was unable to reach him yesterday for comment.

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