Did a security failure contribute to this unconscionable sexual assault and are justice and compensation available to the victim?
A woman was allegedly sexually assaulted and at a Greenville, South Carolina apartment complex, early Monday morning, October 7, 2019.
As reported by CountOn2.com, “[the suspect] entered the victim’s apartment on Villa Road through a balcony door while she was asleep during the early morning hours of Monday.”
According to the report, “[the suspect] threatened the victim and her infant child with a knife as he sexually assaulted the woman.”
WYFF4.com is reporting, “detectives were able find [the suspect], in part, because he unknowingly dropped his cellphone inside the victim’s apartment before leaving with her purse, phone, and keys.”
According to the report, “[the suspect] is currently in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security…[h]e will be charged with the following charges when he is in police custody: first-degree criminal sexual conduct, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, kidnapping and first degree burglary.”
OUR LEGAL TAKE
Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The level of security provided at the apartment complex is of significance, and is a relevant consideration when analyzing whether this assault may have been prevented. The following questions are also important in assessing whether this incident may have been avoided:
- Have there been prior incidents of violence or assault on the property?
- How did the assailant gain entry to the property?
- What security measures, such as gated-entry, fencing, surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect the victim at the time of the assault?
Property owners are generally required to protect against foreseeable harm to anyone and everyone legally on the premises. Should the investigation into this incident reveal facts that establish that the property owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its guests and visitors, the victim may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for her injuries and suffering.
The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, and suggests that an immediate, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed so as to limit evidence from being altered, damaged or destroyed. The complexities of pursuing a negligent security case are well understood by the legal team at The Murray Law Firm, and it is imperative that the victim retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect her interests.
The Murray Law Firm has a long history of representing victims of violence and security negligence. We have obtained over $100 Million in verdicts and settlements for our Clients, including a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.
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