#Article (Archive)

Abduction case progresses

Mar 7, 2011, 12:01 PM | Article By: Malamin Conteh

Sanna Marong, the second prosecution witness, last Wednesday testified at the Special Criminal Court in the trial of one Assan Jarra, who was charged with abduction and defilement of an underage girl, charges he has denied.

The particulars of the offence on count one stated that, on 24 May 2010 at Barra, the accused person took an underage girl to Sancha Muten against her will with intent to have carnal knowledge of her.

Count two read that on same the date and in the same place, he had carnal knowledge of an underage girl.

In his testimony, Sanna Marong told the court that, on 14 May 2010, his mother sent the girl to sell "nanna" with her colleagues, but all her colleagues returned home except her.

The witness added that they searched for her for more than one week, and later reported the matter at the Barra Police Station, and at the police headquarters in Banjul.

PW2 further disclosed that they were later informed that the girl was under the custody of the accused person, Assan Jarra, at the Sancha Muten, and Barra Police Station was informed accordingly.

"At Barra Police Station, we were given a police officer who escorted us to the place, and we met the girl in the house of the accused," Mr Marong told the court.

"We asked the accused person's father who brought the girl to his house, and he told us that the young girl was brought home by the accused," he added.

Marong further adduced that the accused was out at the time, and the girl was taken to Barra Police Station, adding that they were later informed that the accused was arrested by the police officers.

The state was represented by the deputy Director of Special Litigation, Simeon Abi.        

Justice Ikpala adjourned the case till 9 March 2011.