13 November 2012

Gambia: Police Officer Testifies in Alleged Prison Break Case

One Tilanya Harriette Julianne Mendy, a cadet inspector of the Gambia Police Force, attached to the Police Headquarters, on Monday testified as the first prosecution witness (PW1) in the criminal trial involving the state against Sulayman Jammeh and 28 others at the Banjul Magistrates' Court, presided over by Principal Magistrate Taiwo Ade Alagbe.

In her evidence-in-chief, Mendy told the court that on the 29th October 2012 while she was at her office, she was assigned by her boss to visit the prison as they were briefed that there was a breaking and she was to go to the Remand Wing to take pictures of the place in question. According to her, she took the photos and identified all the 12 photos. The police prosecutor, Sergeant Manga, applied to tender them in evidence as exhibits and they were all admitted as exhibits.

During cross-examination by the accused persons, the witness informed the court that the alleged incident happened on the 27th October 2012 and she went there on the 29th October 2012, adding that she cannot tell what the first accused Sulayman Jammeh, alias Daddy Boston, is capable of doing because appearance can sometimes be deceiving. She further added that she took all the pictures in the Remand Wing of the Mile II Central Prisons in Banjul.

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