PIU officer testifies in drug case

Friday, April 01, 2016

Biran Dem, a Police Intervention Unit (PIU) officer, attached to the narcotics office in Brikama, recently testified in the drug trial involving one Alhagie Omar Jallow at the Brikama Magistrates’ Court before Magistrate Malafi Jarju

In his testimony, officer Dem told the court that on 7 January 2016 he was at the station at around 8 and 9 pm, when he received a telephone call from one narcotics officer, Ebrima Jarju, that there was somebody at the Brikama bus stop who was suspected of being in possession of cannabis.

Upon receiving the said information, they left for the bus stop where he entered inside the bus to meet with Ebrima Jarju.

They identified themselves as narcotics officers and conducted a search in the accused person’s bag, and they found two bundles of suspected cannabis wrapped in a cement bag with two jumpers with multiple colours.

They asked the accused person the owner of the bag, and he confessed to owning the said bag.

The accused was then arrested and taken to the Brikama Police Station, where he was cautioned and charged.

Under cross-examination by the accused person, the witness told the court that during the arrest of the accused person in the bus, there were no pictures or ID card which indicated that the accessed person was the owner of the bag.

The case was adjourned until 4 April 2016.

Author: Yai Dibba