21 May 2012

Gambia: SCC Sets Date for Alleged Pedophile's Judgement

Justice Emmanuel Nkea of the Special Criminal Court (SCC) in Banjul has set a date to deliver judgement in the criminal trial involving the state against one Mohammed Sambou. The accused, Mohammed Sambou, was charged with the offence of rape and robbery contrary to Sections 121 and 272 of the Criminal Code, Vol III, Laws of The Gambia.

According to the particulars of the offences, the accused was alleged to have used actual violence and robbed a 20-year-old girl (name withheld) of her mobile phone Sony Ericsson and unlawfully had carnal knowledge of her without her consent on the 15th May 2011 at Bijilo Village, in the West Coast Region.

The prosecution, led by State Counsel James Odumbi called several witnesses and tendered exhibits in support of the prosecution's case, whilst the accused person entered his defence as a lone witness. Earlier on, it could be recalled that a pair of white jean trousers and a mobile phone Sony Ericsson were tendered and admitted as exhibits.

Meanwhile, during Thursday, 17th May 2012 sittings, both the prosecution and the defence adopted their briefs as their final argument. The presiding judge, Justice Emmanuel Nkea then adjourned the case to 28th May 2012 for judgment.

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