Case opened af­ter as­sault

UK res­i­dent se­verely in­jured at Hil­ton pub

Weekend Witness - - News - CHELSEA PIETERSE

A MAN from the United King­dom suf­fered se­vere con­cus­sion and per­ma­nent fa­cial scar­ring af­ter he was as­saulted at Hil­ton’s Pot and Bar­rel pub re­cently al­legedly by a bouncer and two pa­trons.

Pot and Bar­rel co-owner Tris­tan O’Brien has said, how­ever, that the man, Kyle Jack­son, en­tered the venue “with a vendetta” and was “look­ing to fight”.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened in the early hours of May 4.

O’Brien added that the pub’s bouncer had “tried to calm him down” and de­nied the bouncer hit Jack­son.

CCTV footage seen by Week­end Wit­ness shows Jack­son at the en­trance of Pot and Bar­rel be­ing held against a wooden fence by a man iden­ti­fied to the news­pa­per as a bouncer.

The bouncer ap­pears to be talk­ing to Jack­son while a man comes from the side and punches him in the head.

Another man comes from the op­po­site side and also punches Jack­son in the head while the bouncer con­tin­ues to hold him against the fence with his back to the crowd.

Jack­son (27), who lives in cen­tral Lon­don, runs his own fi­nance com­pany.

He told Week­end Wit­ness that he was in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg to look af­ter his mother who was re­cov­er­ing from surThe en­trance to Pot and Bar­rel where the al­ter­ca­tion oc­curred. PHOTO: IAN CARBUTT gery, when the in­ci­dent hap­pened.

“I was sleep­ing when I got a phone call from my brother’s friend at 1.30 am, say­ing some­one had stolen his phone and had thrown my brother on the ground,” said Jack­son.

“I im­me­di­ately got up and drove to Pot and Bar­rel to fetch my brother and try to find his phone.

“When I got there, he was quite rat­tled. He said he had been in a ver­bal ar­gu­ment with another pa­tron and one of the bounc­ers or­dered the two to ‘sort it out like men’.”

Jack­son said his brother had pointed out where the bouncer and other pa­tron were stand­ing.

He then ap­proached them and asked what had hap­pened and if they knew who had taken his brother’s cell­phone.

“They both be­came very con­fronta­tional and ag­gres­sive.

“There was a scuf­fle, they started push­ing me and then the bouncer came UK res­i­dent Kyle Jack­son af­ter he was at­tacked. from the side and punched me in the head,” he said.

Jack­son said at that stage, there were three peo­ple at­tack­ing him: the bouncer, a pa­tron and another man.

“I was be­ing punched in the head, there was blood ev­ery­where and peo­ple were scream­ing for them to stop,” Jack­son said.

He said that CCTV footage shows him be­ing held by the bouncer while two other men punch him.

Jack­son opened a case with the po­lice af­ter re­ceiv­ing med­i­cal treat­ment.

He ini­tially told Week­end Wit­ness that he suf­fered a “cracked skull” but his med­i­cal records say he suf­fered from se­vere con­cus­sion and he also has per­ma­nent scar­ring on his face.

Jack­son told Week­end Wit­ness wants the bouncer fired.

Ac­cord­ing to O’Brien, Jack­son had been “on his way to set­tle a vendetta against a pa­tron” when the in­ci­dent hap­pened, and that his younger brother was also at the pub.

O’Brien said one can see the punchup on CCTV footage and he said ini­tially that a “sin­gle punch” was thrown be­fore the fight was bro­ken up.

How­ever, he later, in a fol­low-up phone call, con­ceded that he had not men­tioned a sec­ond punch as he said it “did not con­nect” with any part of Jack­son.

He said the bouncer in­volved had been work­ing at Pot and Bar­rel for eight years and was tasked to break up fights.

“You can see [in the footage] he has his back to the crowd. If he wanted the guy to get hurt he would have turned him around,” he said.

He added that the bouncer was stand­ing be­tween Jack­son and his at­tack­ers.

Pro­vin­cial po­lice spokesper­son Colonel Them­beka Mbele con­firmed that a case of as­sault with an in­tent to cause griev­ous bod­ily harm was opened by Jack­son at the Hil­ton Po­lice Sta­tion for in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

By yes­ter­day, no ar­rests had been made. • [email protected]­ness.co.za he

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