More on the vicious beating of an alleged gay student by two security guards at Jamaica's University of Technology (UTech). The two former guards pleaded not guilty to assault charges yesterday, reports the Jamaica Gleaner.
Orville Rennie and Samuel Thomas appeared before Resident Magistrate Grace Henry McKenzie today in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court. The magistrate today extended their bail and ordered that they return to court on February 15.
Rennie and Thomas were arrested on November 3 after they were seen on video beating the male student, who ran into the guard room to seek refuge from a mob.
The actual incident happened on November 1. "The student ended up in the guard room after fleeing an angry mob," reported the Gleaner on November 3. "The student [allegedly] was found in a compromising position with another male student."
The guards involved in the assault were quickly fired by Marksman Limited, the security contractor. The university has also promised to "punish" all students who were found to be involved in the mob attack, reports Caribbean 360.
The case has eerie similarities to the infamous February 2007 mob beating of three gay men in Kingston. The gay Jamaican men were attacked by an angry, homophobic mob in downtown Kingston ... only to be "rescued" by several police officers who beat them and hurled insults.
Jamiaca and UTech faced international condemnation after this latest incident was captured on videotape and uploaded to YouTube. Watch the videos AFTER THE JUMP ...