By Andre Jones
A Dutch Airbnb host is facing attempted murder charges for pushing one of his guests down the stairs – and the attack was caught on camera.
South African visual artist Sibahle Steve Nkumbi traveled to Amsterdam with four friends to write about a friend’s art exhibition. The trip appeared to be going off without a hitch – up until checkout time. The wife of the host, who has yet to be identified, initially knocked on the door around 12pm, which was a full hour after Nkumbi’s checkout time of 11am. “She was a little bit upset…but she managed to talk from person to person politely enough,” Nkumbi explained. “She said ‘This is not acceptable, you guys need to pack and you need to leave now’, I apologized profusely for being late, it is unacceptable and yes, we are making our way of actually leaving, “Nkumbi told an unidentified reporter on YouTube.
However, it appears that her apologies were simply not good enough. “That’s when she came back a few minutes later with the husband that was banging the door, “Nkumbi explained. “I don’t know what she told him because he was already angry when he was banging the door. He was very emotional. I was trying to reason with him.” Nkumbi claims the attack was racially influenced, saying that the host used terms such as “you people” and “this is not Africa” during the assault.
In the video, the host is seen physically removing Nkumbi and her possessions from the apartment, “Don’t be emotional…why are you touching my things? Already we’re getting out”, Nkumbi can be heard pleading with the host, who simply shouted, “Out! Out now!”, as he continued to push her.
The situation immediately went from bad to much worse as the 47-year-old host can be seen pushing Nkumbi down the steps. “When I got close enough to him, he couldn’t resist the opportunity to grab me, and the way he grab me, I knew that he was going to throw me down there.”, Nkumbi explained. In the video, Nkumbi can be heard screaming “Oh my God, oh my God” as the host violently pushed her down the steps. She was knocked unconscious, waking up in the hospital.
A spokesperson for the Netherland’s public prosecution service Openbaar Ministerie said the man was suspected of “poging doodslag,” which translates into attempted manslaughter. The host, whose name has not been released, was arrested and released on Sunday. “The fact that the man has a permanent residence has played a role in that decision,” Boerstra explained.
Airbnb official David King had this to say, “We will take the strongest actions we can against such abhorrent conduct, including banning people for life from our platform and assisting law enforcement with their investigation and potential prosecution.”