timberland voucher duty police chief goes to the rescue as woman is attacked
WHEN charity worker Mohamed Boubbane began to throttle his long term partner in Oxford’s Westgate Shopping Centre, he probably didn’t expect a Good Samaritan to step in.
Especially one in the form of off duty police officer Brendan O’Dowda,
the former chief of Oxford police and father of rising Oxford United starlet Callum O’Dowda.
Mr O’Dowda stopped the attack on Luceila Fernandes and it was his evidence that landed Boubbane in the dock at Oxford Magistrates’ Court because Miss Fernandes didn’t support the prosecution.
But Miss Fernandes who suffered a bleeding scratch down her neck was “not supportive of the prosecution” and said it was “just a silly incident” Mrs Mackay said.
She added: “However, he was arrested based on what the officer had observed. Clearly it was assault.”
Yesterday the ex Oxford commander who now heads Thames Valley Police’s covert operations unit said: “Whether on duty or off duty,
officers have a duty to protect people.”