19 November 2012

Gambia: Lady Testifies in Criminal Trespass Case

One Fatou Marong, a native of Latrikunda, on Friday testified as the first prosecution witness (PW1) in the ongoing criminal trial involving the state against two people, Sainabou Mbowe and Aminata Sam, at the Bundung Magistrates' Court, presided over by Magistrate Edward Singhateh.

The two accused persons were charged with one count of criminal trespass, contrary to the Laws of The Gambia. The particulars of the offence stated that on the 30th September 2012 at Latrikunda in the Kanifing Municipality, the two accused persons entered the compound of one Fatou Marong, and intimidated, insulted and provoked her, thereby committed an offence.

In her testimony, PW1 confirmed recognising the two accused persons and could recall that on the 30th September 2012 at Latrikunda, the two accused found her sitting outside, in the morning, and started insulting her, telling her that her husbandslept with many women in town.

PW1 said she went to the market and that when she came back from the market, they started insulting her again. She said she ignored them and then went to Latrikunda Police Station to report the matter. "I was then led by a police officer to the accused persons, where they were arrested and later taken to the station and they both gave their statements," PW1 added.

Meanwhile, the first accused Sainabou Mbowe's bail was terminated and she was sent to Mile II. The case was adjourned to November 27th 2012 for the prosecution to call their second witness. Corporal 4367 Njie stood for the IGP.

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