Ipswich: Town star N’Daw set to deny domestic violence charge

ITFC Footballer Guirane N'Daw at South East Suffolk Magistrate Court

ITFC Footballer Guirane N'Daw at South East Suffolk Magistrate Court - Credit: Archant

TOWN midfielder Guraine N’Daw is set to deny an allegation of domestic violence against his wife.

The 28-year-old, who is charged with actual bodily harm on Bigue Ndiaye N’Daw, appeared for the first time before South East Suffolk Magistrates Court in Ipswich yesterday.

However, during a hearing lasting around 20 minutes magistrates were told progress would not be able to be made as the Senegalese-born player required a French interpreter in order to understand the proceedings.

Sumeer Chaudhry, representing N’Daw, told magistrates police had neglected to inform the court that an interpreter was necessary.

The court was told that while N’Daw was in police custody following the alleged incident on March 15 an interpreter had been present along with the football player’s previous legal representation.

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Despite the difficulties progressing the hearing Mr Chaudhry said: “This is a person who intends to plead not guilty to the offence. He doesn’t accept the allegation made against him.”

N’Daw, of Neptune Square, Ipswich, has been on conditional bail since he was charged on March 17.

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Originally there were five conditions attached by police.

One was that N’Daw surrendered his passport, another was that he surrendered a French ID card.

N’Daw is also prohibited from leaving the UK and must not contact his wife.

A fifth condition – the surrender of his Senegalese ID card – was lifted during a previous court application on his behalf.

However, Mr Chaudhry made a further application to the court yesterday asking it to authorise the return of N’Daw’s French ID card.

This was because N’Daw was said to have been unable to access his bank account as he did not have his bank cards and would need a recognised identification document to get the bank’s authorisation.

Despite the application the magistrates declined to lift the restriction.

The case was adjourned until next Tuesday in order to give time for an interpreter to be booked on N’Daw’s behalf.

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