Magistrate Jallow cautions Garawol people to keep peace

Friday, December 15, 2017

M.S. Jallow, the Presiding Magistrate of the Basse Magistrates’ Court has warned that anyone arraigned before him for breach of peace in Garawol village and if proven guilty by law would be visited with the full force of the law.

Magistrate Jallow made this declaration on Monday 11 December 2017 during court sitting in a criminal trial involving one Bamanya Samura, a native of Garawol village in the Upper River Region.

Bamanya Samura was arraigned before the court on two counts charge of threatening violence and prohibition of conduct to breach public peace.

The prosecution alleged that the accused on 28 September 2017, at Garawol village in the URR, recorded an audio message requesting for a gun to kill some people in the village.

The prosecution alleged that on the same date and place, the accused willfully conducted himself in a manner to breach public peace requesting for a gun, threatening people and posting it on social media that he was going to kill people.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges, noting that he is a farmer and that he called his relatives in Europe requesting for a gun to protect his farm produce and that he hasn’t got the gun.

Presiding magistrate Jallow disclosed that he has been receiving information that some people in Garawol are calling people slaves.

He said when a natural death occurs in the village, everyone mourns and he asked the accused person to go and conduct himself in the village as an elder and maintain peace in the village.

Magistrate Jallow advised that Garawol people should live in harmony but warned that if anyone was brought before him for breaching the peace in the village, he would be dealt with according to the penal sanction.

Meanwhile, the accused was granted court bail of D50,000 with one Gambian surety who would deposit his or her ID card with the court’s registry.

The matter was adjourned until 20 December 2017, for the prosecution to call its witnesses.

Author: Bruce Asemota in Basse