After being judged in the court of public opinion following the controversial beating of a University of Technology (UTECH)student, security guards involved in the incident may be subject to a different level of judgement going forward.
The St. Andrew Central police have arrested at least two of the security personnel who participated in the assault of a young man inside a guardroom on UTECH’s campus last Thursday. The guards, formerly employed to the Marksman Security Company, were taken into police custody on Sunday, according to reports. Additionally, the guards are scheduled to undergo an identification parade later this week.
Thursday’s incident occurred after two male students were allegedly caught in a compromising position inside a campus bathroom. The two men were accused of engaging in sexual intercourse inside the bathroom, prompting an angry mob of students to go after them. One man escaped while the other sought help from the security guards in question.
The student seeking help was taken back to a guardroom where security personnel draped, punched and kicked the young man, with a female guard allegedly holding a piece of board by the door. Video of the beating was captured by a student in the on looking mob and was later posted on YouTube and re-purposed by international media houses such as CNN, World Star Hip Hop and The Huffington Post.
The guards were fired on Friday by Marksman and UTECH has offered counseling to the students following the ordeal. Reports on Friday evening later revealed that the security guards in question were originally under an impression that the student seeking their help was really a car thief.