14 December 2012

Gambia: Deputy Director of Prisons' Wife Complains of Assault By Neighbours

One Isatou Dibba, wife of the deputy director of Prisons, Thomas Jarju on Wednesday laid her evidence-in-chief before Principal Magistrate Sheriff Tabally of the Kanifing Magistrates' Court where she alleged being physically assaulted by two of her neighbours, Fatoumatta Fatajo and Khadijatou Sam. The duo are facing two counts of criminal charges of assault causing actual bodily harm and common assault contrary to Sections 228 and 227 respectively, allegations they both denied.

In her evidence before the court, Dibba, a resident of Touba Sanchaba told the court that the two ladies usually insult her and she has never done anything wrong to them. She said that they all living in the same compound and on the 23rd October they had a problem as a result of the cash power which her husband bought.

According to her, the two accused insulted her saying that she usually sit until anytime she wants before refilling the cash power. This insult she said was witnessed by her husband who later reported the matter to the mother of the two accused persons. She said that her husband's report aggravated the situation as the two accused never stop insulting her.

"Due to the continuous abusive words I kept receiving from the 1st accused, I reported her to her brother who later beat her," she said. The 1st accused after been beaten by her brother, ran to her and took a bench, throw it on her and she sustained injuries on the legs. The second accused she said later came out and told her to stop the talking and she replied that she has no business on the issue.

According to the witness, the second accused then knocked her on her face and pushed her to the door, which broke her door glasses. After explaining it to her husband, she said they reported the matter to the police.

However, the prosecuting officer Sgt. Njie later made an application that the complainant continued to receive threatening words from the two accused. He urged the court to seriously warn the accused to maintain peace hence they live in the same compound. He further urged the court to revoke their bail if such is repeated. The presiding magistrate later ruled to that effect and warned the accused persons to maintain peace otherwise the court shall revoke their bail and remand them in prison.

The particulars of the offence on count 1 revealed that Kaddijatou Sam, on the 23rd October 2012 at Sanchaba in the Kanifing Municipality, unlawfully assaulted one Isatou Dibba by hitting her on the face. On count 2 the particulars revealed that Fatoumatta Fatajo on the same date and place assaulted Isatou Dibba by hitting her with a chair.

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