Fatoumatta Camara, an ex-wife of Muhammed Darboe, a suspect standing trial on
two counts of defilement and attempted suicide testified as a defence witness
last Wednesday before Justice Simeon A. Abi at the Basse High Court in the
Upper River Region.
The prosecution alleged in count one that the accused between January and June 2014, at Janjanbureh, in the Central River Region, had unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under the age of 18 years.
The prosecution further alleged that the accused on 12 June 2014, at Tinyang Sita village, in the Central River Region, attempted to kill himself by drinking acid.
In her testimony before the court, the witness, Fatoumatta Camara, a business woman said the alleged victim was her younger sister and that her marriage with the accused ended during the course of the incident.
The witness revealed that the accused was always at home, though she never saw the accused with the victim having an affair but she was suspicious that they were into a relationship,
She said the accused was in Basse for some months when she noticed that her sister was pregnant, adding that she did not personally take the victim to the hospital but she heard about her sister’s pregnancy from people.
“I never saw them in bed but I suspected because one day I was sleeping inside, I woke up and saw the accused in the parlor wearing boxer sitting beside the victim, when I told the accused that I wanted to examine her to see if she had sex, the accused refused and when I insisted, I was beaten seriously by the accused” she lamented.
The witness told the court that the victim was delivered of her baby in November 2014.
Hearing continues in January sitting of the court.Meanwhile, a hearing notice was ordered by the court to be issued and served on the Medical Director or other persons in charge of Bansang Hospital to appear before the court on the next adjourned date