I never touched officer Chase, says Morgan
While admitting that things might not have been going his way on the night in question, Domenic Philemon Morgan has denied ever touching police constable Mauricio Chase.
That was the evidence given by Morgan this afternoon as his trial continued in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court.
The 24-year-old of Lot 2 Durants, Christ Church is charged with assaulting Chase, as well as resisting him in the execution of his duty on March 15, 2013.
In his sworn statement from the witness stand, and under cross examination by police prosecutor Station Sergeant Neville Watson, Morgan said while both he and his friend had been “put out” of the Reggae Lounge, and he had watched that same friend arrested by police moments later, he was not frustrated enough to fight with Chase.
He denied pushing the officer or that he had struggled to get free after being apprehended by police.
Furthermore, when questioned by his attorney Mohia Ma’at, Morgan said he had never touched Chase.
He recalled that he had taken out his phone to record his friend being arrested, but was told by Chase to stop.
He said he stopped immediately and crossed to the other side of the road and began walking away.
However, he looked back and saw the police officer running behind him and he began to run as well.
Morgan said he stopped when he heard the officer shout to him that if he did not stop he would be shot.
He said he walked back towards Chase and was placed in a jeep and taken to Worthing Police Station.
He will return to court on June 6.