Boss at New Prison attacked me, says motorist

2009-04-19 00:00

A prison boss at New Prison allegedly assaulted a Napierville motorist after a near accident on Friday evening.

Alec Johannes told The Witness that the prison official and a security guard at the New Prison attacked him after he confronted the official, who allegedly pushed him off the road.

“I was on my way to drop off my niece who lives on the prison’s premises after picking her up at work, and this silver Audi came from behind us with blue ‘angel lights,” he said. “He was driving on my bumper and then he overtook us, but he came in so close, I had to slam on the brakes and I swerved off the road.”

Johannes said he followed the car to ask the motorist what his problem was. He said they both stopped at the prison’s main gates where he was confronted by the guard on duty and the official.

“The guard said ‘Do you know who he is?’ Then we got into a bit of an altercation,” said Johannes.

The 32-year-old TV repairman said the two men started smacking and pushing him. He did not retaliate, he added, because he knew he would get arrested.

“My niece was terrified,” he said. “She was in the car, trying to call someone to come help on her cellphone …

“I told them I was going to report them to the police. They said to me ‘You can do whatever you like’.”

Johannes said he immediately went to report the incident at the Prestbury police station.

He alleged that by the time they showed up with the police van, the guard had gone off duty.

“They are trying to cover it up … Even the police told me that they couldn’t open a case because it took place on prison property — I don’t believe this,” he said.

When asked about the incident, police spokesman Superintendent Henry Budhram said the circumstances have been documented and are being investigated. He added that all incidents of assault can be reported to the police, no matter where they take place. He said it was Johannes’s decision not to open a case until today when he is due to obtain a protection order.

Johannes, however, is adamant that he was told they could not open the case, and said he declined the protection order when the officer in charge offered it.

Thami Zondi, communications officer for Correctional Services, said he could not comment on the incident if police are investigating.

“The only thing I can say is that it’s in the hands of the police,” said Zondi.

He also stressed that when people enter prison premises, they will be searched — “even if it is the president”.

Johannes said he is glad his two children were not in the car on the night of the incident.

“These guys are supposed to set examples, not get away with stuff like this because of who they are.”

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