Crown Casino bashing death raises questions

Crown Casino bashing death raises questions

The tragic death of a man bashed by security guards at Crown Casino (The Age article 7 July 2011 http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/man-dies-after-crown-casino-confrontation-20110707-1h3j7.html) gives rise to the question what Crown could have done to prevent the death.

Crown is legally responsible for the actions of its employees acting in the course of their employment. Security guards are hired to protect the premises, and, at the very least, should have received adequate training and support to deal with confrontations without causing death or serious injury to Crown's patrons or themselves.

It has been reported that CCTV footage of the incident reveals that the victim did not provoked the attack from the security guards. It is possible criminal charges could be laid against the assailants. In addition, a civil claim for compensation may well be made against Crown.

It can only be hoped that the prospect of such a claim, along with the poor publicity and possible criminal investigation will prompt Crown to review its security procedures and prevent another tragedy like this occurring.

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