The timely discovery of a Lester Vaughan Secondary School boy lying on the ground and vomiting blood near the Immigration Department, Wharf Road on Sunday night, may be responsible for him still being alive today.
Fifteen year old Menelik Armstrong, his mother Lisa Edwards informed Barbados TODAY this afternoon, did not respond to her when she first reached the scene after being alerted at home by a “stranger” who was passing by.
A distraught Edwards said her son had earlier walked from near the Copacabana Club on Bay Street, and collapsed on the Wharf Road, after allegedly being beaten almost to the point of death by a security guard.
She reported that the boy, even though in stable condition this evening, had to undergo emergency surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, for severe damage to his kidneys, bowels, pancreas and lungs.
“The doctor tell me he lungs was burst and they had to repair them by surgery,” disclosed the mother. “He inside torn. He had internal bleeding and he was vomiting blood.”
In explaining what she said she had uncovered in relation to the incident, Edwards admitted that he had climed over a fence with his brother and another young man.
“Yes, my son was wrong to go into the place, but he (the guard) had no right to beat him like that. He is just a little boy to him,” the mother said. “Even if he had pushed him out or something like that, but not beat him so.”
Edwards further charged that the other boys escaped, but Armstrong did not and when he was discovered by two other guards, they ordered him either to go back over the fence or through the gate.
“He decided to walk through the gate and was being escorted to the door by these two guards, and this other guard came from nowhere, locked off his neck and took him to the ground. He cuffed and kicked my son in his stomach … and kept beating him,” the mother reported.
All this, she charged, happened about 7 o’clock Sunday night.
“I want that guard charged. I gave a statement to the police at Central (Police Station). My son now in hospital with tubes all over him — his hands, nose, even in his penis.” emmanueljoseph@ barbadostoday.bb
Update (2013-07-04): Security Guard Vernon Sylvester Lyte, of Balls Land, Christ Church charged with serious bodily harm.