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PMDC MP arraigned for slapping female SDI staff
By Dauda Koroma
Jun 22, 2010, 17:08
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Hon. Malcolm Banister of the Peoples Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) was on Friday 18th June 2010 arraigned before Magistrate Wellington of Court No. 6 to answer to 5 count charges of Gender Based Violence. The charges include trespass, assault occasioning in actual bodily harm, use of abusive language, public insult and provocation.

According to the particulars of offence the accused on Monday the 1st day of March, 2010 allegedly twice stormed the premises of the complainant, Mrs. Regina Marah, SDIs Gender and Child Rights director at No. 4A Conton Street, peacock Farm in Wellington and rained invectives against her and members of her family.

In her testimony Mrs. Regina Marah said the accused first verbal attack allegedly took place in her absence at about 7:30am whilst away at work place. She said she was reclining after work the same day at about 10:30 PM when Honorable Malcolm Banister made his second attack, this time allegedly bulldozing his way into the house where he physically assaulted her with several slaps amidst insults for her purported interference into his marital affairs.

With such an indictment and considering his position as an honourable Member of Parliament, Malcolm Banister pleaded for an out of court settlement, though he pleaded not guilty to all 5-count charges levied against him. He was granted bail in the sum of Le. 5 Million.

The complainant was represented by 3 SDI Lawyers, Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai, Leonard Taylor and Umaru Koroma. However, SDI management refused to comment on the matter saying it is sub-judicie, though they took great exception to what they described as a barbaric act towards their staff member.

Meanwhile, the matter has been adjourned to 7th July, 2010.


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