3 May 2012

Gambia: Paedophile Trial Progresses

The criminal trial involving the state against one Sanna Kah resumed Wednesday, 2nd May 2012 before the Special Criminal Court in Banjul, presided over by Justice Emmanuel Nkea.

The accused, Sannah Kah is charged with rape and alleged to have unlawfully had carnal knowledge of an 11-year-old girl (name withheld) on the 2nd November 2011 in Lamin Village in the Kombo North District, West Coast Region.

The prosecution led by state counsel A.M Yusuf called the fifth prosecution witness, 1st Class Modou Jallow, a resident of Brikama attached to New Yundum Police Station to testify before the said court on Wednesday.

The witness who told the court that he recognised the accused person Sanna Kah and the said victim (name withheld) recalled that on 2nd November 2011 he was at the charge office. The witness disclosed that he obtained the accused person's voluntary statement, adding that after reading the charge to the accused person, the accused person admitted to have committed the alleged offence.

Meanwhile, the said voluntary statement was tendered and admitted in evidence and marked as an exhibit. Hearing continues on the 10th May 2012.

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