What happened before female guard was assaulted

By Shukri Wachu On Tue, 26 Nov, 2019 15:26 | 2 mins read
Komarock estate
The man who assaulted a female security guard at a Komarock estate on November 24, 2019, is still at large. PHOTO | SHUKRI WACHU | K24

The Sunday incident in which a man was caught on camera assaulting a female security guard at Komarock Phase 5A Estate in Nairobi is still sending shock waves across the country.

The video shows a man, only identified as Justin — according to the visitors’ book signed at the gate — attacking the security guard after she refused to allow him exit the estate.

During the row, Justin is seen repeatedly slapping and then pushing to the ground the female guard, who has been identified as Damaris.

From the CCTV footage seen by K24 Digital, Justin entered the estate at around 17.03 pm.

At the gate, he is said to have given contradictory information about where he was headed, at first saying he was visiting friends at house number 45, a tune he changed minutes later to house number 42.

As Damaris verified his details, Justin took advantage of a resident who was allowed entry and entered the estate, now claiming to be dropping off visitors.

Several minutes after gaining entry forcibly, Justin was at the gate seeking to exit and Damaris sought to verify his details, again.

She asked him to check out by signing the visitors’ book. Instead of complying with the request, he proceeded to assault her and then sped off after forcibly opening the gate.

“At the time we were patrolling the estate, if we were there we could have prevented that shameful incident,” said one of the security guards.

The estate’s committee told K24 Digital that the owner of the house Justin visited gave Damaris Sh2,000 for medical check-up, perhaps in an attempt to placate her.

“As an estate we condemn this, she is one of our own, we cannot tolerate this kind of violence against women,” said a committee member of the estate.

Colleagues of Damaris told K24 Digital that she reported the incident at the Kayole Police Station on Monday.

Meanwhile, police have published the image of the attack and his vehicle registration number to aid in his arrest.

The incident comes amid the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence with cases of femicide on the rise in Kenya.

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