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Darlington George heads to court

Darlington victim Esther NDPolice authorities in Monrovia have finally charged dismissed Deputy Director of the Executive Protection Service Darlington George with alleged “simple assault” while his accomplice, a junior  officer received a charge of criminal attempt to commit murder.

Both men received the seperate charges following police investigations into the alleged brutal assault of  Esther Glain, a resident of Barnersville, outside Monrovia. Deputy Police Spokesman Lewis Norman confirmed the charges via mobile phone in a conversation with this paper Monday, 5 October, but was not available to provide  copies of the charge sheets on grounds that he was attending meeting.

A police source only identified the former deputy EPS Director accomplice as  Officer Tamba.   Mr. Norman had earlier hinted this paper on Monday that documents were being process to forward George and officer to court, but he could not give the exact time.

The move come following the completion of investigations into the alleged assault last week.

The delay in sending the duo to could police say had to do with the protocol which involve the police sending their findings to the Ministry of Justice for their perusal and the latter sending the final version back to the police before making the report public.

 The Deputy EPS Director was dismissed last month by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf following reports that he allegedly brutalized an unarmed girl.

The President subsequently ordered Mr. George to face investigation, which led the Justice Ministry to have him turned over to the Liberia National Police where he served as Assistant Director for Operations before being appointed as second-in-command on the presidential guard.

When contacted Monday, President Sirleaf’s former Public Works Minister Atty. Samuel Koffi Woods who had been thought to be the legal counsel for victim Glain told this paper he was not the main counsel for the victim and he could not comment on the status of the case because he had not been officially informed of the alleged charges.-Edited by Othello B. Garblah

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