Taxi owner claims armed guard assaulted him after accident

2010-06-02 00:00

A NORTHDALE minibus-taxi owner suffered bruises to his body and face after he was kicked and punched repeatedly during an alleged road rage incident with an armed cash transit security guard on Monday afternoon.

Zulfikaar Sheik (23) said he was assaulted by a uniformed SBV Service guard, who alleged that Sheik’s vehicle had run into him in Raisethorpe shopping centre.

Sheik said he and his friend had gone to the centre to withdraw money from an ATM at about 4.30 pm.

“As I was reversing to go out of the parking area I heard a bang on the back on my vehicle.

“I stopped to investigate what was going on.”

To his surprise, Sheik said, his door was flung open and a man in a security uniform started to punch him repeatedly.

He tried to ask what was going on, but the man would not answer.

“As I blocked my face, the guy pulled out his firearm and kicked me on the side of my body,” Sheik said.

The attacker later told him that Sheik’s vehicle had struck him.

A doctor’s report, which Sheik received from Midlands Medical Centre, said he has superficial abrasions and bruising on the face, a superficial laceration on his upper lip with localised swelling and clotted blood, and bruises on his lower rib cage.

Sheik said that after the assault the security guard walked across the road and then an SBV truck pulled in behind his vehicle.

“This guy came to the truck and told the other two guys who were on the truck that I bumped him.

“I later learnt that the truck is from SBV offices on 22 Wiganthorpe Road,” he said.

Sheik went to Mountain Rise police station to report the matter.

An official at the SBV offices told The Witness yesterday that the company is preparing to bring charges against Sheik.

The official said his name and position in the company have nothing to do with The Witness.

“Right now I’m busy preparing to go to the police station to lay a charge of hit-and-run against this guy.

“Our security guard was taken to hospital and only returned at 11 pm after he was injured on his leg.

“We are also conducting our own investigation into the matter,” the official added.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan confirmed that Sheik has laid a charge of assault against an SBV security guard.

“There have been no arrests as police are investigating.

There is a possibility of arrest,” said Jeevan.

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