Trial of French national adjourned

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
The trial involving one Vensian Andren, a French national, was recently adjourned at the Brikama Magistrates’ Court before Magistrate Malafi Jarju.

Vensian Andren was accused of being in possession of arms and ammunitions, an allegation he denied.

The case was adjourned on the grounds that the French interpreter who was supposed to be in court never appeared.

Andren was earlier given bail to deposit D1 million with two Gambian sureties and each surety should deposit an amount of D500,000.

When the case was called, Sgt Keita informed the court that they had a break down at Tabokoto and that they needed another vehicle to collect the remand prisoners from Tabokoto.

Applying for review of the bail conditions, defence counsel Foster told the court that the accused person was under a doctor, as he has suffered from a heart attack.

He then produced the medical certificate for the court to see, adding that the accused was in remand when he was attacked by the sickness on two occasions.

Counsel Foster further argued that the court also should consider the age of the accused person, who is 72 years old, addingthat the gun which was alleged to have been found in possession of the accused person was just amere hunting gun.

He noted that the accused person had travelled with the hunting gun to many countries with a license, adding that the accused person, while in The Gambia, gave the documents to one of his friends for the license, but the friend disappeared with the documents.

He said the gun that was alleged to have been found in possession of the accused person was with the police, as well as the accused person’s travel documents.

The case continues for ruling. 

Author: Yai Dibba