1 February 2013

Gambia: Murder Suspect Denies Dumping Deceased Into a Pond

Alhagie Lamin Bao, a murder suspect has on Thursday, 31st January 2013, denied being responsible for the death and alleged dumping of Ebrima Jobe (deceased) in a pond (pool of stagnant water). Bao is facing trial on a single count charge with his wife Amie Saine, for the unlawful murder of the said Ebrima Jobe.

This denial and refusal was contained in a cross-examination evidence of the accused person, Alhagie lamin Bao in response to a series of questions posed to him by the state counsel Ms Jallow. The cross examination was characterised by objection and counter objection by both the defence counsel Chime and Ms Jallow.

However, the accused was asked who were the neighbors and friends he was referring to in his evidence-in-chief, but before he (the accused) could reply, the defence counsel Chime raised an objection on the grounds that the witness had already said it in his evidence. This development led the state prosecutor to reframe the question and said how many people came to his house when the deceased (Ebrima Jobe) was caught trapped in the burglar proofs? The accused replied that it was more than 30 people including Ousman Ose Corr, Mohammed, Baboucarr Sillah among others.

According to him (the accused), by the time he returned to his house, he found the deceased removed from the trap and was tired but conscious. He added that the deceased was taken out of the compound by group of people.

"My lord, I found the deceased, Ebrima Jobe was taken outside the compound by a group of people thought he was tired but conscious. I personally did not participate in taking him out of the compound and I did not tie his hands nor did I dump him in a pond (Pool of water) as suggested by the state prosecutor," Alhagie Lamin Bao told the court.

Still pressing the accused with more questions, the state prosecutor asked to what would occur to him as a family man with his wife, when he found a boy like the deceased Ebrima Jobe in such a condition. He further asked, wouldn't you rescue him instead of beating, slapping, tying his hands and throwing him in a pool of water? The accused replied that, he did not beat, slap or throw the deceased into a pool of water.

The accused, further responding to the line of questions posed to him by the prosecutor, insisted that he made all efforts and did everything humanly possible to report the theft case to the police. He cited a number of people he sent to inform the police about the incident but they refused to do so. He cited one Mohammed as among such people he sent.

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