25 January 2013

Gambia: Modou Sonko's Murder Trial Continues

The murder trial of Modou Sonko, a resident of London Corner in Serrekunda resumed on Monday before Justice Abdoulahi Mikailu at the High Court in Banjul.

The accused, Modou Sonko, is alleged to have unlawfully caused the death of Pa David Demba by hitting him with a stick on the 12th September 2012 at London Corner, Serrekunda in the Kanifing Municipality.

Responding to questions during cross-examination by defence counsel Lawyer U. Oleidi of the Legal Aid Agency, the 3rd prosecution witness, Jainaba Manneh, told the court that the fight between the deceased and the accused took place at about 3:00am at a junction near the accused person's compound. She further told the court that she was at the said junction with the deceased when the accused confronted the deceased and started provoking him.

The witness revealed that the accused person's mother and herself pleaded with the deceased not to get involved in any problem with the accused. PW3 also revealed that she sent someone to call

PW2, Edward Jatta to come and assist her separate the duo during the fight, because she was alone when the fight began. She said it was herself and Edward Jatta that took the deceased home. She denied the defence counsel's claim that she saw the accused lying motionless on the ground during the fight. The witness also denied the defence counsel's claims that she saw the accused bleeding. She said she was a witness of truth and she came to the court to testify not because the deceased was her boyfriend but to say what she saw.

Hearing continues on the 30th January 2013 at 10:00am.

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