By Confidente Reporter
THREE police officers stationed in Rehoboth reportedly brutally attacked two young men outside a local hotel recently when the duo apparently hurled insults at them during a routine police search.
The incident that happened last Friday at midnight comes as the nation deals with shocking police brutality statistics of 1 464 criminal cases facing police officers countrywide for various crimes including murder, assault and unreasonable use of firearms on unarmed civilians.
So brutal was the attack that the duo, Cecil Beukes (22) and Nicarlio Freygang (18), were released on police bail of N$1 000 each several hours after their arrest to be taken to hospital for serious injuries they sustained.
The unnamed officers have since opened a case of crimen injuria and resisting arrest by uniformed officers on CR150/07/2016 against the duo who in turn lodged counter two counter charges of assault to do grevious bodily harm on CR170/07/2016.
The duo appeared in the Rehoboth Magistrate’s Court Tuesday before Magistrate Salome Bampton who postponed to matter to August 24 to allow for further police investigations.
According to witnesses, the two young men were standing by their vehicle in front of the hotel with several relatives and friends when they were confronted by at least 20 police officers that arrived at the scene in four police vehicles at around midnight
After their vehicle was searched, they were reportedly sprayed with teargas before they were attacked in what many described as a serious assault.
“They were arrested and taken to the police station where a police officer further assaulted Beukes. He was kicked in the stomach and face and hit with a pistol on his face again leaving him with serious injuries to his face and body. The attack was unnecessary because they (police officers) took the law into their hands by assaulting the two young men. If they say they were verbally insulted, was it necessary to beat up the two men?” quizzed a witness who preferred anonymity.
Confidente reliably learnt that duo is considering suing the police officers and their employer for wrongful arrest and assault to the tune of N$100 000.
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