A 23-year-old Havana resident, Simon Haufiku, recently landed in hospital after sustaining assault injuries for refusing to share a packet of cigarettes to a patron in a local shebeen.
On November 15th, Haufiku joined a few friends, after work, to quench his thirst at the bar.
“We sat at our regular table, only to be disturbed by a guy from a group I have never seen before. They were seated at a table near the entrance. They seemed to have been drinking all day,” he narrates.
According to Haufiku, one of the men approached their table. “He introduced himself as ‘Raster’ and then asked if we had cigarettes. I told him we do not smoke, then he walked to the next table to ask for the same. Of course I had a packet of cigarettes in my pocket but I was not willing to share, let alone with a stranger.”
At about 20h00, Haufiku’s friends retired home, leaving him behind to finish his beer. “I lit a cigarette, minding my business, only for the so-called ‘Raster’ to storm at my table, asking why I had said I do not smoke when I do. Before I could speak, he slapped me hard in the face.”
When Haufiku stood up to retaliate, Raster’s whole group was already at his table, throwing punches all over. “All I remember is laying on the floor, begging for mercy. I soon blacked out and woke up in the hospital.”
Haufiku is currently recovering at the Katutura State Hospital having sustained serious injuries including broken ribs.
Metro could not find the true identity of Raster to get his side of the story before print.