Musa Sabally was recently arraigned before Basse Magistrates’ Court on a single
count of assault causing grievous bodily harm contrary to section 214 of the
The prosecution alleged that the accused, Musa Sabally, on 21 November 2017 at Sinchu Sare Village, in the Upper River Region, assaulted his younger brother, Tumani Sabally, by chopping him with a cutlass on the head and the hand causing him grievous bodily harm.
The accused in taking his plea explained that on the day of the alleged incident, the complainant came to him where he was sitting and asked him whether he was the owner of the land where the accused person had planted some Cashew trees.
The accused said he replied to him that he should go to their uncle and ask him who the owner of the trees was.
The accused further said the complainant stood and refused to leave and then took a stick and wanted to hit him, but he (the accused) raised his cutlass to defend his face from the complainant, resulting in the complainant hitting his hand against his cutlass.
The presiding magistrate M.S. Jallow then entered a not guilty plea for the accused and advised the accused to maintain peace.
The accused was granted bail of D25, 000 in like sum with one Gambian surety who must depose to an affidavit of means and deposit his ID card with the court’s registry.
The matter was adjourned until 27 December 2017, for full trial to commence.