December 11 2013 Latest news:
Monday, August 19, 2013
Former Ipswich Town loanee Guirane N’Daw has been cleared of assaulting his wife after she failed to turn up to give evidence at his trial today.
N’Daw, 29, of Neptune Court, Ipswich , who is no longer under contract at Portman Road, had pleaded not guilty to assaulting Bigue Ndiaye N’Daw on March 15 this year and his trial at Ipswich Crown Court was due to get underway today.
However, prosecutor Robert Sadd was forced to apply for an adjournment after being told that Mrs N’Daw had not travelled to Ipswich from her home in France because her daughter is due to have an operation tomorrow.
Defence barrister Michael Edmonds objected to an adjournment on the grounds that Mrs N’Daw had repeatedly made it clear that she didn’t support the prosecution and had told police the day after the alleged assault that what had happened was an accident.
Mr Edmonds said Mrs N’Daw had also made a withdrawal statement on May 7.
He said his client had been unable to further his career because football clubs were reluctant to take him on while the court proceedings were hanging over him.
Mr Edmonds added that since the alleged in March his client’s wife had served divorce papers on him.
Judge John Devaux refused to adjourn the case. “The prosecution quite rightly take seriously allegations of domestic abuse but in this particular case the alleged victim has consistently shown a determination not to assist the prosecution and has said she won’t testify against her husband, “I don’t see any useful purpose in adjourning the case to persuade her to attend when she has no intention of coming back.”
After the judge’s decision not to grant an adjournment Mr Sadd offered no evidence and Judge Devaux directed a not guilty verdict be entered on the court record .
N’Daw, who joined Ipswich Town in August last year on loan from French club St Etienne, made no comment as left court.