Police officer testifies in alleged rape and assault case

Friday, January 12, 2018

One Sgt. Pa Sallah Nyassi, a police officer attached to Mandinaba Police Station on Tuesday, 9 January testified before Justice Ebrima Jaiteh of High Court in Banjul in a rape and assault trial involving the State against one Babucarr Darboe.

The prosecution alleged that the accused on or about the 15 September, 2015 at Faraba Bantang village in West Coast Region, had unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl (name withheld) and assaulted her by holding and compressing her neck.

The witness recalled that he was on duty at Mandinaba Police Station on 15 September, 2015 when he was instructed by the assistant station officer of the C.I.D. to accompany the alleged victim and her relatives to Faraba Bantang village.

Sgt. Nyassi disclosed that upon arrival, he was led to a bathroom fenced with corrugated iron sheets which the accused used as entrance into the house.

The witness further disclosed that he took photographs of the bathroom and the back door, adding that the back door was damaged as the corrugated sheet was detached from the wooden frame.

The witness alleged that the accused used a nearby tree to climb around the fence to gain entrance into the compound.

Responding to questions posed to him by defence counsel, Candia, the witness told the court that he interviewed two people when he visited the crime scene and took photographs.

The witness informed the court that he didn’t collect any exhibits at the crime scene, adding that the photographs he took was handed over to the station officer.

Hearing continues on the 16th January, 2018. 

Author: Bruce Asemota