Criminal trial against man alleged to have insulted Mandinkas continue

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

The criminal trial involving the Inspector General of Police and Landing Colley continued yesterday, 4th of September, 2018, before Magistrate Peter Che of the Brikama Magistrate’s Court.

The accused is standing trial on a single count of prohibition of conduct conducive to the breach of peace contrary to Section 9 of the Public Order Act, Cap 22:01 Volume 4, Revised Laws of The Gambia.

The particulars of the offence stated that the accused on or about the 6th of April, 2017, at Bullock village in the West Coast Region, allegedly conducted himself in a manner likely to provoke a breach of the peace by using a loudspeaker to utter abusive language against the Mandinkas.

The prosecution led by Sgt. 2294 Jammeh called four witnesses to prove its case against the accused person who opened his defence and called his second witness yesterday.

During yesterday sitting, Ebrima Kujabi, a farmer and resident of Bullock village, the 3rd defence witness told the court that he knows the accused person and he never heard the accused person made an abusive language against the Mandinkas in one Abou Badjie’s compound at Bullock on the eve of the National Assembly Elections last year.

The witness told the court that he did not see the accused person perambulating the village insulting people or using abusive language against Mandinkas.

Responding to questions posed by the prosecution led by Sgt. 2294 Jammeh during cross examination, the witness said he was in the compound of one Abou Badjie who organised a party in respect of APRC candidate victory celebration and never heard the accused person used abusive language against the Mandinkas.

When put to him that the accused person used the microphone to insult the Mandinkas, the witness denied that the accused person never insulted the Mandinkas.

At this point, Defence Counsel Ibrahim Jallow asked the prosecution what was the abusive language or insults allegedly used by the accused person.

Sgt. Jammeh told the court that the accused allegedly insulted the Mandinkas in the gathering by using the microphone by saying the Mandinkas did not know themselves and that he is going to split their mother virginal.

The witness who told the court that he is a Muslim denied he was not spoon-fed to come to court to throw dust on the case.

Hearing continues on the 17th September, 2017.

Author: Bruce Asemota