Fatou Drammeh, a resident of New Yumdum village in the West Coast Region was
recently arraigned before magistrate Peter Che of Brikama Magistrates’ Court
for assaulting one Bintou Cham by hitting her with a stone on the head.
The prosecution alleged that Fatou Drammeh on the 3rd August, 2018 at New Yumdum village unlawfully assaulted the said Bintou Cham by hitting her with a stone on her head and caused her actual bodily harm.
The accused person who initially pleaded guilty to have committed the said offence denied the charge after the representative of the Inspector General of Police narrated the facts of the case and applied to tender the alleged stones the accused used to hit the victim.
According to the representative of the Inspector General of Police, the incident happened when the victim; Bintou Cham was asked by one Naana Sanno to bring her food.
Whilst Bintou came with the food and as she entered the compound and began chatting with neighbours, the accused interrupted them and hit her with a stone on her forehead.
Prosecution officer further narrated that the victim then removed her shirt to control the bleeding and later reported the matter to Banjulinding Police Station.
Furthermore, the victim was referred to Banjulinding Health Centre and later to Kanifing General Hospital where she was treated and discharged.
Whilst the prosecution officer applied to tender two cement block stones, two blood-stained shirts and a medical certificate as exhibit, the accused objected, noting that the stones sought to be tendered were not the very stones she used in hitting the victim.
The accused pointed out that the victim also stoned her and she then asked the prosecuting officer as to why he didn’t bring the stone the victim used in stoning her.
At this point, the presiding magistrate, Peter Che then entered a plea of not guilty for Fatou Drammeh and called on the prosecution to prove the charge against the accused.