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A two-count criminal trial opens

Dec 3, 2010, 1:14 PM | Article By: Isatou Senghore

The criminal trial for wilful damage to property and threatening violence, involving one Amadou Muniru Jallow, commenced recently at the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court before Magistrate Tabally.

Testifying, the first prosecution witness, Ebrima Jallow, told the court that he is a businessman, and that he recognised the accused person, who is his relative.

Jallow said: "On 14th November 2010, at around midnight, I was in bed when I heard a knock on my front door."

"I enquired who was knocking my door, when I heard the accused, Amadou Muniru Jallow, saying, "come out, let me kill you".

He said he asked the accused why he wanted to kill him, and the accused demanded his ID card, which was entrusted to him (the witness) to lend him money.

The accused, the witness added, started to break the glass of his door and windows with the weapons in his possession, and he succeeded in breaking the second door, where he got entrance to the house.

"That was the time I knew that the accused was not joking," he added.

"I made a phone call to the Kotu Police Station, and they told me that there was no vehicle available unless I hire a taxi to go and collect them," he adduced.

"I told the police that I was afraid to come out of my house, because someone threatened to kill me," he added.

He said he later called some of his neighbours who came to his aid, and got hold of the accused person, adding that that was the time he came out of his house, and went to report the matter to Kairaba Police Station.

PW1 further adduced that he was given police escort, and he hired a taxi to go and arrest the accused person, adding that while in the taxi, the accused gave him a blow on his neck.

"I later enquire the value of the damaged door, and I was told that the value was D7,400, and from there I made a statement to that effect," he further told the court.

The case was adjourned to 13th December 2010.