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Biker ‘deliberately ran over police officer’s foot’

Bahrain News
Sat, 12 May 2018
By Noor Zahra


A POLICEMAN was deliberately mowed down by a motorcyclist after he confronted a gang of bikers performing illegal street stunts, a court heard.

One of the bikers, who was showing off in front of his friends, had already crashed into the plainclothes officer’s unmarked police car.

Another then drove at the officer and ran over his foot when he challenged them, according to prosecutors.

The 19-year-old Bahraini who allegedly injured the policeman is now standing trial for assault and insulting an officer in the High Criminal Court.

He is accused of being part of a gang of around 30 bikers who descended on a Hamad Town road in March to perform illegal stunts.

“I was in Hamad Town on patrol with my colleague in an unmarked police vehicle,” the 42-year-old policeman told prosecutors.

“We saw a gang of around 30 bikers speeding and performing stunts on the street near Roundabout 20.

“We initially did not interfere because the traffic police would deal with such cases in the safest way.

“However, one of the bikers performed a wheelie and crashed into the front of our vehicle and fell to the ground.

“I got out of the car and went to speak to him, but his biker friends surrounded us.

“I told them I was a policeman and just doing my job.

“They were laughing at us and shouting insulting phrases.

“One of them (the defendant) told me not to come near his friend and headed towards me at a very fast speed.

“I tried to jump out of the way, but he ran over my foot.

Fled

“I fell in pain and my colleague used his walkie-talkie to call for backup.”

The defendant is then said to have fled on foot, leaving his motorbike behind at the scene.

“We attempted to arrest him, but the rest of the bikers helped him to flee as they got in our way,” said the officer.

“I was then taken to hospital for treatment on my fractured left foot.”

Police later arrested the defendant after tracking him down through his motorbike’s registration information.

However, he has denied the charges in court, claiming he panicked when he found out the victim was a policeman because he had a history of traffic offences.

“I panicked when he told me he was a policeman, that’s why I fled,” he said.

“I was afraid I would get a fine because I have previous traffic cases.

“I did not want to get caught again, but I did not assault or insult the policeman.”

The trial has been adjourned until May 21 for review.

noorz@gdn.com.bh

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