Defiant Lebanese Man Beats Journalist
A Lebanese man resident at Guard Street east end of Freetown Tuesday assaulted Sierra Express Media’s reporter, Arthur Caulker.
Caulker met his misfortune shortly after rendering assistance to a traffic warden who was having an encounter with a Lebanese man along Goderich Street for bad and reckless parking of a vehicle.
A Lebanese called Jamal in the evening of Tuesday unwarrantedly parked his vehicle at the junction of Goderich Street, obstructing the free flow of vehicles to and from the east of Freetown.
He was approached by a traffic warden, but gave deaf ears to the state employed traffic man.
Jamal reluctantly and disorderly refused taking the instruction of the traffic warden, instead was engaged in the use of abusive words.
Upon noticing that Jamal’s temperament has flared up, journalist Arthur, who was aside observing the incident, quickly reached the police at East End Police Station to inform them of the encounter between a Lebanese and a traffic warden.
An Inspector of police, Ngaoja, who also happened to be the officer in charge of traffic, quickly reached the scene and was able to see a Lebanese man challenging and using abusive words against a public officer.
In the presence of the police, Jamal repeatedly vomited invectives at both the traffic warden and police officers generally.
An attempt by journalist Arthur to caution Jamal to refrain using bad words against state security officers resulted into him being assaulted.
“He slapped me on my jaw and kicked me in my stomach, and later called me a useless idle civilian,” journalist Arthur said.
Police reinforcement later reached the scene and all concerned were taken to East End Police Station where Jamal confessed slapping and kicking our journalist Arthur Caulker.
Police are investigating the complaint and will soon reach conclusion.
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