Magazine article Security Management

Premises Liability

Magazine article Security Management

Premises Liability

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PREMISES LIABILITY. A federal appeals court has ruled that a hotel is not liable for the rape of a guest by another guest. According to the ruling, there was little the hotel could have done to prevent the assault.

Miranda Shadday was a guest at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., where she was attending a conference. After drinking with companions in the hotel bar, Shadday walked to the elevators in the main lobby and waited for an elevator to return to her room. Another guest with whom she had been conversing, a Guatemalan lawyer who was part of a diplomatic mission, assaulted her outside of the elevators.

Shadday managed to get away and ran onto a waiting elevator. The attacker followed her and raped her in the elevator car. Shadday got off of the elevator on an upper floor where she found a security guard. The guard radioed for help, and the rapist was soon caught. He confessed to the crime and was convicted of sexual assault.

The hotel normally had three security guards on duty at all times. One guard was stationed in the lobby, one monitored the CCTV system, and one patrolled throughout the hotel. On the night of the attack, one of the guards was sick, and the other two were patrolling on the upper floors. …

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