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'I didn't kill African chief's son' 26.04.07

An illegal immigrant has told Carn Court he came to Donegal after being accused of killing an African chief's son.
In an emotional appeal to the court on Wednesday, the Ghanaian outlined how he and the chieftain's son were playing together on a mountain, how they both slipped and how the leader's son fell to his death while he managed to hang on.
"They say I pushed him, but I didn't push him," he sobbed, outlining how he then fled the country with his uncle.
The defendant was arrested in Letterkenny under immigration law and presented a passport identifying himself as a 32-year old, born in 1975.
However, in his evidence to Judge Desmond Zaidan, yesterday, he said he was 14-years old with an entirely different name. As a minor, he cannot be named for legal reasons.
Judge Zaidan, who assigned Buncrana solicitor Ciaran MacLochlainn to the case, was told the defendant was apprehended after applying for a PSV licence to drive a taxi in Letterkenny.
Judge Zaidan remarked incredulously: "A 14-year old looking for a taxi licence?" He asked the defendant had he applied for asylum in this country and was told he had not.
Judge Zaidan said if, indeed, the defendant was a minor, he should be under the care of the Health Services Executive (HSE).
He said he would "err on the side of caution" and treat the defendant as a minor. He remanded him in custody to St. Patrick's Institution, to appear at Letterkenny District Court on Tuesday, May 1st, 2007, to allow immigration control officers make further checks about his identity and age.

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