Official Statement From Locnville Regarding The Incident In Claremont, Cape Town
Thursday 9th June 2011 – 12:30pm
Following the incident that has been widely reported in the news, this is Locnville’s version of the events that took place in the early hours of this morning, Thursday 9th June.
Andrew and Brian Chaplin, together with a friend, had been out at Trinity nightclub in Cape Town. At around 4am this morning they decided to catch a taxi home as they had been drinking and didn’t want to drive. They asked the taxi driver to stop off at the Engen Garage in Claremont as they wanted to buy some food at the Steers.
Upon entering the garage, a group of four males started hurling abuse at Locnville. This is something which Andrew and Brian have become accustomed to being in the public eye. Andrew Chaplin responded to the abuse by saying to the group “I really don’t need to hear this.” and walked away.
This group of males continued the abuse, were aggressive and a slight altercation broke out. Andrew and Brian Chaplin, together with their friend, walked away from the incident. Upon leaving the Engen garage shop, they were approached by two police officers who were aggressive from the start and wanted to find out what the story was?
Andrew and Brian responded by saying they’d got into an incident and why were the police looking at them alone, as opposed to the four males who started the confrontation and were hurling abuse at them?
Andrew and Brian then left the garage and attempted to climb into a taxi to continue their journey home. They were then pulled out of the taxi by the same two police officers. Andrew and Brian appealed to the police officers to calm down and despite this Brian was sprayed in the face with Mace/Pepper Spray.
They managed to get away after a group of security guards who saw the incident assisted them.
Once they arrived at their home in Claremont, Andrew Chaplin tried to call the Claremont Police Station repeatedly and claimed that the police officers who answered the phone literally “laughed at me and hung up each time”.
Andrew and Brian Chaplin, together with their father, will be meeting with Lieutentant Colonel Andre Traut of SAPS this afternoon.
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