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Police Inspector accused of beating woman to coma

By Victoria K. Saffa

 Police Inspector Abdul Bangura of the Portee Wharf police post last week allegedly assaulted one Mariatu Koroma, 36, to coma.

An eyewitness, Mariatu Kamara, told this reporter that she saw two police officers and an unnamed lady engaged in a monetary arrangement over the arrest of the victim’s son, adding that “after about five minutes I saw the Inspector dragging the victim on the ground and forcing her to the station”.

The witness said she ran out of her house and pleaded with the Inspector to let go of the lady, but the latter paid no heed. She said the police officer subsequently dumped the woman in a gutter and dragged her away by the neck.

Another eyewitness, Umu Kamara, told our reporter that the unknown lady took the Inspector and another officer to the residence of the victim, to order her arrest in place of her son who is at large.

It is not clear what offence the victim’s son may have committed.

But the Inspector at the middle of the incident told our reporter they were on routine patrol when a certain lady requested that they arrest an alleged notorious criminal who had attacked her at her home. Strangely, he said, when they could not find the son, they decided to arrest the mother who resisted the move, resulting to the assault.

Meanwhile, the victim was taken to a nearby clinic and reports say she has since regained consciousness. The matter is being investigated by detectives at the Kissy police division.