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Patron Blames Club for Late Night Stabbing

(CN) - A Savannah man was simply enjoying an evening out at a downtown nightspot we he was suddenly, and for no reason, stabbed in the neck, the wound rendering him quadriplegic, the victim claims in a lawsuit.

Alfonso Benton says in a complaint filed Chatham County, Ga., that he was a patron at the Frozen Paradise nightclub during the early morning hours of Dec. 26, 2014, when he suddenly felt a knife being plunged into the back of his neck.

"Plaintiff did nothing to cause or contribute to his injuries," the complaint says.

"When police officers arrived, Plaintiff was being carried out of the night club by multiple persons while bleeding from the wound to his head," Benton continues. "Employees and/or agents of Defendants cleaned up the blood inside the nightclub from the stabbing before police officers could investigate the scene."

Benton says he has been unable to feel or use his arms and legs ever since.

He holds Frozen Paradise accountable because they "owed a duty of care to ensure Plaintiff's safety while he was on their premises" and that "Defendant knew or should have known that Frozen Paradise was an unsafe venue."

The complaint states the local police department has received 200 calls about Frozen Paradise in the last four years, and that many of the calls involve violence, such as fights or shootings.

Benton seeks compensatory, special, economic, consequential, and general damages to be determined at trial. He asserts he suffered personal injuries, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of the enjoyment of life.

Brent Savage of Savage, Turner & Pinckney represents the plaintiff and did not return Courthouse News' call for comment.

No one could be reached at Frozen Paradise because the contact information for club says its number has been disconnected.

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