Charges laid after patron ‘assaulted’

2010-05-04 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG businessman has laid an assault and crimen injuria charges against Golden Horse Casino after he was allegedly manhandled when he arrived to gamble in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The 40-year-old owner of a popular filling station in Raisethorpe in the north of the city alleged that he was assaulted by a security guard as he was attempting to enter the casino at about 1 am.  

“I was taken to an area where there were no surveillance cameras and assaulted there,” he said.

He apparently sustained bruises on the face and arm. He was also left with a bleeding nose.

The victim said he had forgotten his gold card, which allows him to park his vehicle at the VIP parking area. He said his crime was to ask for a temporary card.

“When I asked to go to the reception to get the temporary card the security guard insulted me.

“He later took me to a room at the casino where he locked me inside. He later escorted me to a toilet, and on our way back he grabbed me and tried to force me back into the room.

“He hit me with the open hand across the face as I was refusing to enter the room,” said the alleged victim.

He said that after the assault, the security guard tried to force him to sign a notice, which banned him from the casino for a year.

“I refused to sign it.

“I opened the case with Alexandra police station and have already approached my lawyers to handle the matter,” he said.

The victim’s police warrant officer friend said he saw his friend being insulted and assaulted.

“I saw the security guard hitting him and I shouted him to stop the assault. I also heard the guard telling him to f*** off,” said the friend.

Casino general manager Patrick Beney said the incident was reported to him yesterday morning.

“The guy they are talking about is our security chief manager, not one of our normal security guards,” said Beney.

Beney said the manner is being investigated internally and defended the security chief manager.

He threatened to talk to the Witness management if the reporter went ahead and wrote the story, saying the casino is the newspaper’s “biggest advertiser”.

“This person is talking s***. He cannot make such allegations against Golden Horse Casino. This is not a bar or a shebeen. This is Golden Horse Casino, which Pietermaritzburg business community voted business of the year two years ago because of our customer service history.

“Our security chief manager is a fantastic person and has been with us from day one,” said Beney.

He also said that previous gold card holders would give other people their cards and ask for temporary ones.

“As a result we decided to change the rules, and if a person does not have his gold card he is not allowed in,” Beney said.

Beney later called to say no such incident happened, and that the victim did not even report the matter to the police.

However, police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan confirmed that the incident was reported.“Assault and crimen injuria cases were opened.”

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