Plea to eyewitnesses

2013-10-17 00:00

A DURBAN man, whose brother was beaten so badly that he later died in hospital, is pleading for eyewitnesses to help police with their investigations.

Arnold Moody’s brother Floyd was allegedly assaulted by a bouncer at the Empyre nightclub on Chris Hani (North Coast) Road on Saturday night.

Empyre Nightclub owners Bianca and Camrenn Kruger issued a statement this week saying that their bouncers had tried to help Floyd and were not responsible for his death.

Arnold said the unprovoked attack saw the bouncer pounce on his slightly built brother, drag him to a traffic island and dump his body there.

Arnold and a friend took Floyd to Addington Hospital, which transferred him to Albert Luthuli hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Floyd insists that a club bouncer was responsible for the attack as he had frequented the nightclub and recognised the man.

He said on the night of the attack, his brother had gone to a service station near the nightclub when he was confronted by a group of men.

“I noticed them approach him and I made my way over to them. There was no physical altercation between them — just a heated argument that quickly subsided.

“Then suddenly out of nowhere a bouncer from the club ran and pounced on Floyd with incredible force”, he said.

“It was a scary moment for me as I did not know what was happening.”

Moody said the bouncer then dragged Floyd to a traffic island along the road and left him there.

The impact of the attack on Floyd caused severe bleeding from his nose and ear, Arnold said, adding he carried his brother back to the service station and asked his friend to take them to the hospital.

He said Floyd had severe head injuries and had to be resuscitated several times. He was then rushed to Albert Luthuli Hospital on Sunday where he was sent for a CT scan and was declared brain dead.

In their statement, the Krugers said the club was in no way involved with the alleged murder of Floyd Moody and the incident occurred at a building away from the club.

The statement issued by Krugers’ legal team Vasu Naidoo and Associates read: “To the best of our client’s knowledge the incident you referred our client to occurred two buildings away from our client’s nightclub, at or near a service station.

“The details giving rise to that incident are not within the knowledge of our client nor its employees.

“Our client’s outsourced security witnessed a person being attacked and attempted to assist the said victim at the service station referred to.

“According to our client’s outsourced security, once they had ensured the safety of the victim, they returned to their posts and know nothing further of the matter.”

The investigating officer Inspector S.M. Moodley said five bouncers from the nightclub had been questioned about the incident.

Lieutenant Elvis Naidoo of the Greenwood Park police station confirmed a case of murder had been opened. He said: “We are busy with the preliminary investigations. No arrests have been made yet as we are unable to confirm a suspect.

“The ID parade will take place this week. We have identified witnesses who would be able to give a description of the perpetrator but they have not been confirmed.”

Floyd’s cousin Ricardo Klaasen described Floyd as a reserved person.

“Everyone gets into occasional fights but Floyd was not one to start a fight with anyone. He was humble, quiet and a very nice person all round,” said Klaasen.

• In an incident that took place in August 2013, Craigh Botha was allegedly shot by a Rocca Bar bouncer, Hector Britts, while in a scuffle at the nightclub.

The Sunday Tribune reported that Britts allegedly shot Botha in the stomach when the two grappled while Botha was being escorted from the nightspot.

Britts was released on bail of R10 000 by the Durban Magistrate’s Court.

Botha died in hospital of multiple organ failure following major surgery, a week after the shooting incident.

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