Judgment fixed for defilement case

Friday, February 02, 2018

Basse High Court, presided over by Justice Simeon A. Abi has adjourned the criminal case involving the State and Muhammed Darboe to the 2 March 2018 for judgment.

Muhammed Darboe is standing trial on two counts of defilement and attempted suicide contrary to the laws of The Gambia and the prosecution alleged that between the months of January and June 2014, at Janjanbureh in Central River Region had unlawful carnal knowledge with a girl under the age of 18 years (name withheld).

The prosecution further alleged that the accused on the 12 June, 2014, at Tiyang Sita village in the Central River Region attempted to commit suicide by drinking acid.

The prosecution led by state counsel L. Jarju called several witnesses and tendered exhibits including cautionary and voluntary statements of the accused and the accused testified as a lone witness in his defence.

In December sitting, the court ordered the Bansang Hospital to furnish the court with information regarding the alleged victim medical history.

During the court sitting on Monday, defence counsel, P.H. Chandia told the court that the Hospital sent a message that they could not trace the name of the victim and has no information on her medical history.

She then applied that the defence was closing its case and the matter was adjourned to the 2 March 2018 for judgment.

Presiding Judge S.A.  Abi ordered that written brief of arguments be filed by the parties and each were given 10 days to file their respective briefs.

Author: Bruce Asemota in Basse