Did the police fail to protect a key witness💯👊🏽
Abraham was just 14 in 2007 when he was credited with saving a girl’s life by rescuing her from a knifepoint attack on the Frampton Park Estate, South Hackney. He picked out nine teens in an identity parade, and was then told to take the witness stand against them at the Old Bailey. When Ronke refused to let her son give evidence police threatened to charge her with perverting the course of justice if he didn’t.
“They said they will protect him and they insisted,” she said. “The police would come and pick him up from home to take him to court, and drop him back. Everyone could see that, and the people responsible knew that Abraham rescued the girl. They knew it was him – it would have made no difference if he was behind a screen in court.”
It wasn’t long before Abraham, who received a police award for his bravery and £500 from the judge, started receiving messages telling him he was a “dead man”. But rather than helping him move away from the estate where the rape took place, police installed intruder alarms in their home. Abraham isolated himself indoors and Ronke began bidding for another council house.