Maun police are investigating a case in which a man was beaten to a pulp by a security guard, who happened to be an employee of a company that had engaged the victim to do some work for it.
Maun police Station Commander, Kenny Badumetse said the victim, a 41 year old employed by Archein Stores as an extra light duty welder, was in Maun on assignment to do a welding job at the company’s warehouse at Maun’s Boseja Industrial site.
The assault took place in the early hours of the morning on July 3, when the victim had started work for the company two days prior. The police revealed that at around 1:20 am on the 3rd of July, the victim went to the company’s premises, which also doubled as his dwelling place. Upon arrival at the gate, he started kicking the security guard’s room and damaging the door in the process. The security guard went to investigate who the intruder was, and that was when the beating ensued.
Badumetse said their investigations have established that no one had alerted the security guard that the victim would be coming to spend the night at the premises.
“It seems there was communication breakdown between the company’s superiors in Maun and the security guard. Also, the victim spent the two previous nights at a different place in Maun but failed to alert management about his change of dwelling,” he said.
He added that it seems the security guard thought he was in danger and he called for assistance from other security guards who were on duty in neighboring firms. He further said the victim was reportedly uncooperative as he refused to respond to the security guard’s questions.
Badumetse also revealed that the victim was in possession of a brick and a knobkerrie, which according to the security guard implied that he was in a mission to fight. After the assault, the police were called to the scene, where upon arrival the victim was rushed to Letsholathebe II Memorial Hospital and treated for serious head injuries. He was later transferred to Nyangabwe Referral Hospital in Francistown as his condition had deteriorated. Investigations on the matter are continuing, and if found guilty, the security guard might be charged with assault.