Supreme Court hears criminal cases

Monday, December 03, 2018

The Supreme Court of The Gambia, presided over by the Chief Justice, Hassan B. Jallow, Justice G.B.S. Janneh, Justice Raymond C. Sock, Justice Sulayman C. Jallow and Justice M.M. Sey last Friday, 30 November, 2018, ordered parties involved in the criminal appeal cases of Terrick Bright and The State and Sara Camara and The State to file their briefs.

The Supreme Court’s decision came following the court’s hearing of the criminal appeal cases set for mention after Lawyer A.Y. Hammer, the legal counsel for the appellant requested for time to file appellants’ brief of arguments.

It could be recalled that Terrick Bright was convicted of murder and sentenced to death by the High Court in Banjul on the 7th of April, 2011, and the Court of Appeal dismissed his appeal on the 2nd of June, 2015.

Sara Camara was convicted of rape and sentenced to life imprisonment on the 3rd of February 2011 by the High Court in Banjul and the Court of Appeal presided over by Justice Edrissa M’bai, Justice Na Ceesay Sallah Wadda and Justice Awa Bah dismissed the appellant’s appeal and upheld the High Court’s decision.

Following the Court of Appeal’s decision, the appellants appealed against the appellate court’s decision before the Supreme Court of The Gambia.

During last Friday’s sitting, Lawyer A.Y. Hammer of the Legal Aid Agency disclosed that he was aware of the Supreme Court order that the Legal Aid Agency takes over the matter.

Lawyer Hammer further disclosed that the appellants were out of time to file motion to amend their grounds of appeal, adding that they received the record of proceedings recently and have not perused the said record.

He craved the court’s indulgence to oblige them time to file and indeed asked for 21 days to do so.

Lawyer M.B. Abubacar of the State Law Office did not object to the application and the Supreme Court ordered the parties to file their briefs within 21 days.

Author: Bruce Asemota