I saw Tamba Mansary beating Noghoi Njie - Witness Tells Court

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

The 10th prosecution witness, Pa Serign Mboob, an official of the State Intelligence Service (SIS) yesterday told the High Court in Banjul, presided over by Justice Kumba Sillah-Camara that he saw the 7th accused person, Tamba Mansary beating Noghoi Njie one of the UDP detainees at the NIA headquarters in Banjul on the 14 April, 2016.

Pa Serign Mboob made this revelation whilst giving evidence as a witness in the ongoing criminal trial involving the State against the nine former officials of the defunct NIA.

The witness said he is resident in Sanchaba Sulayjobe, joined NIA on the 1st July 2015 and works under the investigation unit of the SIS.

The witness recalled that on the 14 April, 2016, he was on duty at the defunct NIA now SIS and at as he was to close and he was informed by his officer commanding, Lamin Ceesay that they have to standby and wait because they were bringing some people to the conference room for an interview.

The witness revealed that he sat at the conference room waiting and at about 8:00 p.m., he decided to take a walk and stretch his legs.

The witness further revealed that as he stepped his foot at the verandah, he heard a lady crying saying in Mandinka language that she should be allowed to take her wrapper.

The witness explained that he looked and saw the lady few metres away from where he stood and observed that the lady appeared very tired and he did not see any wrapper with her but was naked.

Pa Serign Mboob told the court that he later knew the lady as Noghoi Njie and few moments later he saw Tamba Mansary going towards her.

He further told the court that as Tamba Mansary reached her, he wanted to kick her but he (Mansary) fell down and got up, took out a black object from his bag and started beating her.

The witness informed the court that he went back to the conference hall.

The witness said he was not told about the people they were going to interview.

Meanwhile, the witness was asked if he could identify Tamba Mansary if he was inside the court,

Pa Serign Mboob left the witness box, walked to where the accused persons sat and identified Tamba Mansary (7th accused person).

At this juncture, lead prosecution counsel, Antouman A.B. Gaye sought an adjournment for continuation of the 10th prosecution witness’s evidence in chief.

Meanwhile, prior to Pa Serign Mboob’s testimony, the defence team concluded its cross examination of the 9th prosecution witness, Kebba Secka.

Hearing continues today, 7th February, 2018.

It could be recalled that the nine accused persons: Yankuba Badjie, Loiue Richard Leese Gomez, Sheihk Omar Jeng, Babucarr Sallah, Yusupha Jammeh, Haruna Susso, Tamba Mansary, Lamin Darboe and Lamin Lang Sanyang are charged with 26 counts including conspiracy to murder, murder, conspiracy to commit felony, assault causing grievous bodily harm, abduction, making false document without proper authority amongst others.

Author: Bruce Asemota