Supervisor arrested for beating employee

28 Apr 2017 12:00pm
SWAKOPMUND, 28 APR (NAMPA) – A 51-year-old woman Thursday appeared in the Karibib Magistrate’s Court on a charge of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Alba Pearson allegedly beat Sem Petrus, 24, with a pickaxe handle on the right hip at their workplace on Wednesday.
Detective Warrant Officer Michael Ambambi of the Namibian Police Force at Karibib confirmed the arrest and court appearance to Nampa on Friday.
Pearson, who was arrested on Wednesday, was released on bail of N.dollars 3 000.
The case was postponed to 24 May to allow further police investigation and for her to prepare her legal representation.
Petrus on Thursday told Nampa via phone that on the day of the attack, she found him and another male employee working.
She then allegedly ordered them into a vehicle and when they got into the vehicle, she attempted to beat him with a spade.
“Later she took the pick-axe handle and hit me hard on the hip; I would’ve fallen if I was standing,” said Petrus, who later received treatment at hospital.
He added that Pearson told them to go home and never return to work.
Petrus on Friday confirmed signing a letter of suspension to allow investigations on the case.
Owner of the company, Jürgen Gossow, on Thursday told Nampa he was not aware of the incident and accusations of racial discrimination and victimisation against employees.
“If the allegations are true, we will take steps against the supervisor.”
He said the company has a strong policy on workers’ rights, which also allows them to belong to any trade union.