16 January 2013

Gambia: Court of Appeal Orders Parties to File Briefs in Rape Case

The Gambia Court of Appeal, presided over by Justice Joseph Wowo, president of the said court, has ordered parties in the matter involving one Yankuba Njie and the State to file briefs of arguments.

The appellant, Yankuba Njie who is serving a life sentence was convicted and sentenced by the Special Criminal Court in Banjul for the offence of kidnapping and rape of one lady (name withheld) on the 21st October 2009 at Faji kunda in the Kanifing Municipality. The appellant, dissatisfied with the Special Court's judgement, on the 16th October 2011 filed a notice of appeal, challenging his conviction and sentence.

The Gambia Court of Appeal however observed that the appellant had filed two notices of appeal. Meanwhile, one of the appellant's notice of appeal was withdrawn and the court subsequently ordered the parties to file their briefs of arguments.

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