Bouncers charged for multiple patron beatings
TT/The Local/cg · 20 Jun 2011, 14:28
Published: 20 Jun 2011 14:28 GMT+02:00
The accused, which include 11 active duty bouncers and one manager, are facing a number of charges including assault, theft, weapon possession and narcotics offenses.
One of the bouncers is also facing charges of tampering with the legal process, after having allegedly threatened one of his victim's in order to avoid prosecution.
"If you say a word about this I'll kill you, you fucking cunt. Don't you value your life?" the bouncer is reported to have said, according to regional newspaper Göteborgs-Posten (GP).
The bouncers, one of whom is a woman, are suspected of having committed multiple assaults over the past two years, involving handcuffs and batons, attacking nightclub guests at Push and Nivå, two well-known bars located the Avenyn in Gothenburg, one of the city's main entertainment and shopping streets.
According to the indictment, the bouncers allegedly took guests to a separate room for beatings on several occassions.
In one case, the assault allegedly started outside the bar, where three bouncers forced the guest down to the ground, sat on him, cuffed him, and beat him with batons.
The bouncers then allegedly brought the guest into the bar, took him to a separate room and continued the assault with blows to the face and groin.
The prosecutor also described a case where three bouncers dragged a nightclub guest down a flight of stairs, causing him to hit his head on the stair.
They are then reported to have kicked him and then robbed him of wallet and other valuables.
All twelve accused deny having committed any crime.
Prosecutor Ann-Sofie Prahl told GP she has a long list of witnesses she plan to call to testify in the upcoming trial.
Four of the suspects were remanded in custody for a short time, while another is currently in prison after being convicted for other crimes.