Three security guards at DB Plaza in Discovery Bay were accused of slapping and punching an 11-year-old boy whom they caught throwing objects in the premises last Saturday.
The police confirmed that a 37-year-old guard has been arrested for allegedly causing bodily harm to another person, Apple Daily reported Thursday.
The boy, surnamed Kwong, sustained scratches on his right cheek, left arm and the back of the neck, and suffered pain in his stomach, the newspaper said.
Kwong said he was taken to a corridor outside a toilet where two security guards attacked him, while a third one served as a lookout.
He said he received at least five punches and was slapped eight to nine times, adding that the beating lasted several minutes.
The security guards asked him to apologize, Kwong said, and threatened to beat him up again if he didn’t stop being unruly.
Kwong said he was playing with seven other children inside the mall last Saturday night, and the group threw a “slippery floor” warning sign outside the security control room, prompting the guards to accost them.
The boy, who goes to an international school in North Point, said he regretted his actions.
Kwong’s father admitted that his son was sometimes naughty, but said that was no reason for the guards to turn violent.
He asked the mall’s management to investigate the incident.
Residents said children usually gather at the DB Plaza to play ball games as well as ride their bicycles and skateboards in the evening and during weekends, ignoring signs that say such activities are prohibited indoors.
Property owner HKR International Ltd. said it has communicated with the building management and the case is now being handled by the police.
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