4 December 2012

Gambia: Legal Aid Agency Ordered to Represent Murder Convict

The Gambia Court of Appeal, presided over by Justice Joseph Wowo as president, Justice Na-Ceesay Salla-Wadda and Justice Amie Joof as members, yesterday ordered the Legal Aid Agency to represent one Nfally Colley, a murder convict in the pursuit of his criminal appeal case before the said court.

Justice Wowo made this order following the appearance of the appellant before the Court of Appeal in the criminal appeal case involving him and the state. The appellant was convicted and sentenced to death on the 7th December 2011 by the Special Criminal Court in Banjul, for the murder of one Kajally Sanneh, on the 25th December 2009, at Sinchu Sorri in the West Coast Region.

When the case came up, the appellant informed the court that he did not got a legal counsel, nor had he any financial standing to secure the services of a legal counsel to represent him. The appellant however prayed to the court to assist him in securing the services of a legal counsel so as to enable him pursue his appeal.

At that juncture, Justice Joseph Wowo ordered the Legal Aid Agency to represent the appellant, adding that all processes in the said case should be sent to the Legal Aid Agency by court process server.

The matter was adjourned to January 14th 2013 for mention.

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