Court orders witnesses to appear in murder trial

Friday, November 09, 2018

Justice Ebrima Jaiteh of the High Court in Banjul yesterday ordered that witness summons be served on five prosecution witnesses in order for them to testify in murder trial.

The witnesses are: Halimatou Difan resident of Kololi, Aminata Camara at Kololi Njago, Modou Lamin Kebbeh of Kerr Sering, Alasan Kambi of Sukuta and Omar Jammeh of Yundum village.

Justice Jaiteh’s order came following an application made by State Counsel E.R. Dougan pursuant to Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code for witness summons to be issued by the court for the said witnesses to appear before the court to testify in a murder trial involving the State against Malick Mbenga.

The matter was set for hearing yesterday but State counsel E.R. Dougan informed the court that the prosecution was unable to contact the witnesses and therefore applied for witness summons to be issued for the appearance of these witnesses.

The matter involving the State and Malick Mbenga is one of the cases that the court had resorted to commence de novo.

It could be recalled that the accused person; Malick Mbenga is standing trial on a single count of murder contrary to Section 187 of the CPC and the prosecution alleged that on the 18th February, 2014 at Kololi Njago with malice aforethought caused the death of one Muhammed Shuaibu Jallow by stabbing him with a bottle on his neck.

Hearing continues on the 14th November 2018 for the prosecution led by E.R. Dougan to call the 3rd witness.

Author: Bruce Asemota