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Man denies Pc shooting involvement

A man charged with assisting a suspect in the shooting of an unarmed police officer has denied any involvement, a court heard.

The unnamed Pc suffered an arm injury when he was hit by a bullet when a man opened fire on officers in Kingsdown Avenue, South Croydon, south London, last Friday.

Jason Anpomah, 20, appeared at Belfast Magistrates' Court on Friday charged with assisting an offender and withholding information.

The charges relate to an individual named on the court charge sheet as Damian Devine.

Anpomah, from Dunluce Avenue, Belfast, was arrested along with a 26-year-old man in the city on Thursday in relation to the shooting. The 26-year-old is being taken to London for questioning about the attempted murder of the officer.

A Police Service of Northern Ireland detective told Judge Fiona Bagnell that he could connect Anpomah with the charges.

A lawyer for the defendant asked the officer to clarify that his client was not involved in the shooting in London. "Apart from the charges he faces, no," replied the detective.

The lawyer then asked if it was correct that Anpomah had denied the counts during lengthy police interview. The officer confirmed that was the case.

Dressed in an open red checked shirt and black T-shirt, Anpomah did not speak during the brief hearing, just nodding occasionally when addressed by the court. His lawyer said an application for bail would not be made at this stage.

Remanding him in custody, Judge Bagnell ordered him to appear in court again via videolink on July 29.


From Belfast Telegraph