Night club patrons severely beaten

2010-01-13 00:00

CONCERNS have been raised about the security of patrons at the Crowded House nightclub after two patrons were apparently severely assaulted with an “extending stick” by an off-duty bouncer after a verbal dispute on Saturday evening.

A city man, who wished to remain anonymous, said he is deeply concerned about the attack as it was with a weapon, inside the club’s premises.

He said two of his friends, Henk Lambaard and Louis van Heerden, were severely assaulted by a bouncer.

An argument broke out between a bouncer and Lambaard, and escalated into physical violence.

“When the fight broke out, the bouncer pulled out something that looked like an “extending stick” and assaulted Lambaard with it, and when Van Heerden tried to intervene, he too was assaulted.”

The source said his friends sustained serious injuries on their bodies, heads and faces. “Lambaard ended up receiving four stitches after the incident.

“What is disconcerting is that the bouncer, who was not even working on that evening, managed to get inside the club with a weapon, that says a lot about the security at that place.”

Van Heerden confirmed the incident. He said although he was trying to break up the fight, he was not spared the bouncer’s wrath.

“As I was trying to push Lambaard away, the bouncer kept hitting me on my back leaving bruises on my body.”

An employee at the club said he was not aware of the incident and the manager of the club was unavailable for comment.

Police spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan said the suspect has already been arrested and will appear in court tomorrow.

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