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Police officer assaulted in Paynesville

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The Paynesville Magisterial Court in has charged defendant Jack Briggs with the crime of simple assault for allegedly assaulting an officer of the Liberia National Police (LNP).The court arrest order reveals that police officer Enoch W. Jackson of Johnsonville Township was on 10 January at about 11: AM assaulted by defendant Briggs of the City of Paynesville.

The defendant allegedly assaulted the officer while the victim was performing his duty as a police officer.The document also discloses that the defendant’s action against the private prosecutor happened at the Zone 9 Depot 1 Police Station in the Redlight Community of Paynesville while the officer was performing his official duty.

The writ of arrest furthers that defendant Briggs beat on the peaceful body of the private prosecutor and inflicted minor injury on the victim’s chest and head.The document indicates that the act of defendant Briggs was criminal and intentionally done. It says he caused serious injury to the private prosecutor, thereby depriving him of his constitutional right.

The court record discloses that the action of defendant Briggs is in gross violation of Section 14.21 of the New Penal Law of Liberia.The Writ of Arrest was signed by the Clerk of Court Henry G. Doelakeh.
While the defendant was present in court along with his lawyers, there was no notice of assignment that would have set the stage for legal argument between the prosecution and defense lawyers.
As a result of that, the defendant was released after his lawyers filed a valid reappearance bond as provided for by law, under the watchful eyes of Stipendiary Magistrate James S. Cooper.

By Emmanuel Mondaye–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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