The Monrovia City Court on Tuesday suspended further hearing in the assault case brought against Journalist Octavin Williams by the Deputy Director for Operations of the Liberia National Police (LNP).
The court’s action followed the failure of the complainant, Col. Abraham Kromah, to show-up to testify in the matter yesterday.
Journalist Williams is the publisher of the Nation Times Newspaper.
He was charged by the Liberia National Police (LNP) with several crimes, including simple assault and disorderly conduct for allegedly attacking Col. Kromah.
However, at Tuesday’s proceeding, the police deputy boss could not be seen anywhere around the Temple of Justice premises.
His absence compelled the City Solicitor at the City Court to ask for the suspension of yesterday’s proceeding.
He explained that his client was attending to a very serious security matter and as such, he would not be able to appear to testify in the trial.
That request did not go down well with one of the defense’s team lawyers, Cllr. Dempster Brown, who pleaded with the court to deny the appeal, describing it as “delay tactics.”
Cllr. Brown’s request was ignored and the case was suspended indefinitely on yesterday.
In his complaint, Col. Kromah alleged that on Wednesday, July 2, while he was performing his duty he received a call from one of his traffic officers assigned at Gurley Street in Monrovia.
He said the officer told him that he stopped defendant Williams who, according to him, was driving an unregistered vehicle with a foreign plate bearing “Minnesota” one of the states in the United States of America.
Kromah further alleged that the traffic officer also informed him that Journalist Williams refused to cooperate with him and parked the vehicle on the street, obstructing the free flow of traffic.
“When I arrived on the scene,” the Deputy Police Chief alleged, “Mr. Williams reappeared and was requested to park properly.”
According to Kromah, Williams refused and started using abusive language like “dam Mandingo man.”
Copy of the court’s document in the possession of the Daily Observer said that police investigation established that defendant Williams committed the crime “Assault and Disorderly Conduct” under the Penal Law of Liberia.
Other charges, according to the document, were improper parking; failure to yield to police lawful instruction; operating an unregistered and a non-insured vehicle; and operating a vehicle without a driver’s license.