13 November 2012

Gambia: Court to Move to Mile II As Accused Persons Deny Pictures Showing Damages

The Banjul Magistrates' court presided over by Principal Magistrate Taiwo Ade Alagbe has decided to embark on a visit on Friday the 16th of November, 2012 to Mile II remand wing in order to verify the alleged damages caused by remand prisoners. The issue of visiting the said place arose when the unrepresented accused persons admitted that PW1 Timanya Harriette Juliamme Mendy of the Criminal Records Office (CRO)at the Police Headquarters in Banjul took pictures at somewhere else and not at the remand wing.

Prior to the above, the said witness told the court that she is attached to the CRO and on the 29th of October, 2012 she was at her office when she was instructed by his command to go to Mile II remand wing where a break was said to have occurred.

When asked by Police Prosecutor Manga what the purpose of the visit was, she responded that she was there to take pictures. "I was assigned to take pictures of the area and the places concerned", she asserted.

At this juncture, Almameh Manga asked the witness whether she would be able to identify the pictures if shown to him, she responded in the affirmative. Upon identifying the twelve pictures, the prosecution applied to tender them in evidence as exhibit but all accused persons objected on grounds that they were not informed during the course of taking pictures at the Prison; adding that they've not seen any broken place at the remand wing.

The trial Magistrate admitted the pictures in evidence as exhibit.

Under cross examination, the witness disclosed to court that the incident occurred on the 27th of October, 2012.

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