Teen accuses PMB cops of assault

2008-12-01 00:00

A YOUNG man from Pietermaritzburg is in a local hospital recovering from bruises he sustained allegedly as result of police brutality on Saturday night.

Amish Singh (19) has a broken nose and bruises all over his body. He was admitted to DayMed Medical Centre in Raisethorpe following the assault, which happened at about 11 pm.

He accuses a police officer attached to Mountain Rise’s dog unit highway patrol of assaulting him.

He claims the officer’s brother, who is also a policeman at the same police station, participated in the assault.

“My brother knows the police officer very well and he even tried to talk to him about the assault,” said Singh.

Police spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan confirmed that a case of assault was opened at Mountain Rise police station.

The assault allegedly began at Allandale Primary School, where Singh and his two friends were attending a fundraising event. Singh and the two friends had each paid R40 to attend the function.

“One of my friends came to tell me that he had been assaulted by the police officer. I went to inquire from the guy [the officer] about the assault. The officer, who together with his friend looked drunk, became aggressive and pushed me around. The guy also punched me on the nose.

“His brother, who is also a police officer, also punched me. A third person came and dragged me down the stairway. They kicked us out of the school,” said Singh.

Singh said he reported the matter to his older brother, who phoned the police officer.

“The officer invited my brother and me to his Bayat Road house to talk … As we were talking, about six private cars came in. About 15 people jumped out and assaulted my brother, my two friends and I. After the assault they forced us to our car,” said Singh.

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