7 December 2012

Gambia: State Guard Officer Testifies in Criminal Trespass Case

Lieutenant Abdoulie Dibba alias Borry, of the State Guard in Banjul, Thursday served as the first prosecution witness (PW1) in the outgoing criminal trial involving the state against Pa Saikou Ceesay. The accused is charged with two counts of criminal offences, trespass and threatening violence contrary to the Laws of The Gambia.

Testifying in court, PW1 said that he recognised the accused and can recall the 29th October, 2012 when he (PW1) and his wife went to visit his plot of land situated at Lamin Daranka. He said upon arrival at the said land, the accused person met them and later asked what they were doing there.PW1 said he told the accused that he came to visit his plot of land, and the accused told him that the land belongs to him (the accused).

According to PW1,he told the accused that the land belongs to him and he further showed him his documents, but the accused insisted and pushed him and his wife and told him to wait for him because he (the accused) knows what to do. The witness said he then went to New Yundum Police Station and logged the complain and his statements were recorded.

During cross-examination, PW1 said he bought the land in the sum of D35,000 and he has his original documents and witnesses who were present during the transfer of the land to him.

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