19 November 2012

Gambia: Alleged Assailants Acquitted, Discharged

Three persons; namely, Paul Suwareh, Grogery Klema and Ruti Kabi, were on Friday, November 16th 2012, acquitted and discharged at the Bundung Magistrates' Court, presided over by Magistrate Landing M. Sanneh. The accused persons were charged with one count of assault causing actual bodily harm; contrary to the Laws of The Gambia.

The facts of the case revealed that on the 26th March 2012 at Sukuta in the Kombo North District of the West Coast Region, the accused persons jointly assaulted one Lamin Saho by hitting him on his body, causing him actual bodily harm. The accused persons however denied the allegation; hence the litigation, in which the prosecuting officer called three witnesses in support of his case, while the accused persons defended themselves without any witness.

The prosecution was however unable to prove its case beyond all reasonable doubts to secure the conviction of the accused persons. Meanwhile, the accused persons were acquitted and discharged accordingly by the presiding magistrate.

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