Police investigate incident where security guard allegedly assaulted

Three men and a woman are under investigation after they allegedly incited a scuffle that led to an R.S.A. Nightclub security guard being struck on the head with a beer bottle. 

The melee is understood to have broken out last Friday in the nightclub’s “V.I.P.” section. 

The victim, 29-year-old Iakopo Potea of Vaiusu, the father of a one-year-old boy, has lodged a complaint with Police.

Following the incident, Potea was taken to hospital in Motootua where he was treated for a laceration on the back of his head. He received two stitches.

By Monday afternoon he was back at work.

“What happened was, the bar was closing. The bar closes at 10pm and it was close to 11pm, so I was telling the patrons they had to finish their [beer] towers…they were getting loud, they were shouting so my boss told me to take them (plastic) bottles to pour their towers of beer [into],” Mr. Potea told the Samoa Observer.

“I told them to pour their beer inside the bottles and take them outside with them and that is when I got hurt.

“I went to give them plastic bottles to empty their towers inside because we cannot allow them to go outside with glass bottles…so when I gave them the plastic bottles, they told me I had no business forcing them to leave because they spent a lot of money…I was just doing my job.

“I had to give them bottles to pour their beer inside because closing time for the bar had already passed. All of a sudden, I [allegedly] got attacked by two guys, they just started hitting me.”

The father of one of the men involved in the brawl then approached the scuffle, Mr Potea alleged. 

“I thought when their father was approaching us, he was going to intervene and calm his children down and save me because I am the security guard but he didn’t,” Mr. Potea alleged. . 

He then said another woman, suspected to be a female relative of the group, then struck him over the head with a beer bottle.  

“I was taken to the hospital and they checked my head and gave me an X-ray and everything was fine. I got two stitches on the back of my head and an injury on my forehead but this on my forehead is almost healed,” Mr. Potea said. 

“I was released from the hospital early Saturday morning around 3am.”

The security guard says he is doing okay but he has some advice for people who visit the nightclubs in Apia.

“The only thing I have to say is: if you can feel that you are drunk – that’s enough,” he said. 

“Tomorrow is another day. You can drink any day of the week. Beer is available every day. It’s not like if you go out, that is the only beer there is. The beer isn’t going to run out.

“We are trying to keep people safe and keep things under control…we are here to keep you safe but look at what’s happened – I have been injured while doing my job which is keeping people safe. You know, the police have road blocks out there…there are so many problems these days.”

He has filed a complaint with police but he has also forgiven his aggressors.

“I have forgiven them. You know when the sun went down the next day, it was already done. It is in the past. I am thankful to the [Lord] that I am okay,” Potea told the Samoa Observer.

He has worked at the R.S.A. for two years after previously working at the Seana Nightclub in Mulinuu for three years.


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