RUSA denies allegations of assault on Verulam stepfather

RUSA denies allegations of assault on Verulam stepfather

The general manager of security company, Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) has denied allegations their members assaulted the Verulam man accused of sexually abusing his stepdaughter.

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Vinod Singh has been testifying at the trial of the 45-year-old man in the Durban High Court.

The man was arrested in June 2018. 

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Advocate Thiagaraj Pillay for the accused told the court his client alleges he was beaten with a baton and assaulted with a taser gun by Reaction Unit officers.

Singh denied this, telling the court he doesn't have a taser gun.

He told the court he was the first responder on the day the suspect was arrested.

He says he found community members had confronted the suspect at his home and had assaulted him.

The court heard Singh's colleagues and the police arrived a short while later. 

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He says police took the suspect to hospital  - but the next day - officers were searching for him because he had apparently absconded.

Singh says RUSA was tipped off about his whereabouts and found him at an Industrial Park in Phoenix. 

He says the man had been beaten again - allegedly by residents.

Singh says he handcuffed him and handed him over to the police.

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