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German convicted for assaulting police officer

May 14, 2015 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

German, Blievernicht Audrea, 45, was Tuesday, 12 May convicted by Magistrate Manuella Harding of the Pademba Road Magistrates’ Court No.2 for assaulting a police officer while performing his lawful duty.

She was sentenced to a jail term of six months or an alternative fine of Le500,000.

Magistrate Harding said the conviction and sentence would serve as a lesson to the convict and others that might want to do the same to police officers while performing their duties.

The accused was arraigned on two counts of assault on a police and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Prosecutor, Detective Police Constable Sergeant Issa M’baba Turay had alleged that the accused on 12 April, 2015 assaulted Police Constable 1496 Idrissa Sankoh, who was executing his lawful duty as a police officer, at Bailey Street, Kingtom in Freetown.

According to the court file, PC Sankoh said he had received a call on 12 April that a shop at Bailey Street in Kingtom was opened to the public after 6pm, in violation of Public Emergency Regulations, and that he and other police personnel went to the scene.

He is said to have reported that on their arrival they met a large group of people in front of the shop, and that he gave orders for them to be arrested, including Sheka Kamara, the shop owner.

The police officer stated in his report that the convict then arrived on the scene and started shouting. He said the German spat on his face and then slapped him before he disappeared in the crowd.

The police report states that those arrested at the scene were taken to the Central Police Station, and that the convict was subsequently arrested when she came to the station.

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