“Two of the guards on duty during Thursday’s beating of an alleged gay student at the University of Technology (UTech) were yesterday fired.

Marksman Security Limited, to which the guards were employed, did not say if any action would be taken against two other guards who were on duty at the time of the beating, which was caught on camera and placed on YouTube.

“The actions of the security officers are not in keeping with Marksman Limited’s contractual arrangements and ongoing mandate to protect and secure life and property,” said Robert Epstein, Guardsman’s managing director, in a late afternoon statement.

Marskman said it stands for the justice and safety of individuals and that its core responsibility is to protect and secure life and property. “We pride ourselves in providing quality security services, underlined by a genuine concern and respect for all who fall within our care,” said the security company.

The alleged gay student was reportedly caught on campus in ‘a compromising position’ with another man in a bathroom when fellow students raised an alarm. One of the men escaped, while the other ran to the guard room at the entrance of the campus.” -from The Jamaica Observer


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