Police body-worn video evidence has been used to prosecute a man who assaulted a woman and a boy.
Although both victims of Ansu Jallow, 43 (DOB: 16/03/1973), spoke to police after the assaults on 7 July 2016 at their home in south London, they later felt unable to give evidence in court.
Magistrates, however, allowed footage recorded by officers straight after the attack to be played in Jallow’s trial at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court.
In the video the woman described how Jallow grabbed her by the hair, and repeatedly hit her head, before punching the boy when he intervened. Jallow was convicted of two counts of assault and was today (March 10) sentenced to a three-month suspended prison sentence for each of the two assaults to be served concurrently, given a 150 hours unpaid work requirement and ordered to pay £620 in costs.
Safira Afzal from the CPS said:
“This was a nasty case of domestic abuse and the victims’ credible and truthful account of what happened, which was captured on video very soon after the attack, was central to the prosecution case.
“We know these can be difficult and sensitive cases to put before a court and victims are sometimes reticent to support prosecutions for a variety of reasons.
“This case proves there are new and compelling ways to present cases and achieve justice for victims.”
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Notes to editors
- Safira Afzal is the Crown Prosecution Service London reviewing lawyer
- More information about the use of body-worn video camera evidence in CPS prosecutions can be found here: http://www.cps.gov.uk/news/latest_news/international-womens-day/
- There are a number of measures in place to support the victims of domestic abuse during legal proceedings. These include the opportunity to be protected in court by screens, give evidence by video link or through video-recorded evidence.