Sunday, January 27, 2008

Security guard beats man to death

By Rhodé Marshall
27 January 2008

Police say that a 46-year-old man was beaten to death by a security guard in Ocean View after the two had an argument.

The 29-year-old security guard who is from Phillipi took a piece of wood and hit Ivan Delcarme on the head after Delcarme went to withdraw money at an ATM.

“The security guard approached Delcarme and the two exchanged heated words before the security guard beat him. Delcarme was taken to hospital where he later died,” says police spokesperson Bernadine Steyn.

Steyn adds that when the deceased’s brother confronted the guard – asking him why the attack had taken place, he then assaulted the brother.

“The brother sustained injuries to the head and arm and was taken to a nearby hospital where he was later discharged. The security guard has been arrested,” says Steyn.

A furious crowd of about 1000 residents gathered outside the shop where the security guard worked, damaging the shop and throwing police with stones. A police constable was hit on the head and was treated at a hospital. Police had to fire rubber bullets into the crowd as an attempt to disperse them.

"The suspect was arrested on the scene and is expected to appear in the Simons Town Magistrates court on Monday," said Steyn.

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