Police Officer Testifies in Assault Trial

Saikou Sanneh, a resident of Brikama and a police officer, yesterday testified in a two-count charge assault trial involving Gorgi Camara before Magistrate PM Sarr at the Brikama Magistrates’ Court.

Gorgi Camara is accused of willfully and unlawfully cutting down ten cashew trees valued D12, 000 belonging to one Buba Touray, on 25th March, 2016 at Kassa Kunda village.

He is also accused of willfully and unlawfully assaulting Buba by stabbing him with a broken bottle on his head causing him actual bodily harm. He has pleaded not guilty to both charges.

In his testimony, the witness said he was on duty at the Suba police post on the day of the incident when the complainant, Buba Touray, came to lodge a complaint about the accused person. He said he (witness) was assigned with other officers to visit the scene.

According to him, when they arrived at the scene, they took some pictures of the cut cashew trees. He said he could identify the picture through his signature at the back of each of them.

The police prosecutor, Sergeant O Touray then applied to tender the said pictures to be marked as exhibits. His application was granted by the magistrate and they were marked as exhibits B1 to B7. The witness told the court that after taking the pictures he went back to the police station to print the pictures and later took them to the charge office.

While responding to questions from the accused person the witness told the court that when the accused person was called to answer to the police station he came, but he did not call PW1 to answer to the station.

The matter was adjourned to Tuesday, 31st of January 2017.

by Fatou Gassama


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