Nov 15, 2011, 2:29 PM
The murder case involving one Lamin Jatta, who was alleged to have killed one Masanneh Sanyang, continued recently at the Special Criminal Court in Banjul before Justice Emmanuel Nkea.
Testifying, one Amadou Barry, a resident of Abuko, told the Special Criminal Court that he knew both the accused and the deceased person.
He recalled that on 4 July 2012, between 8 to 10 pm, he heard screaming in the compound of the deceased person, and when he rushed to the scene, he found the deceased lying on the ground, bleeding.
“I heard people saying that the accused, Lamin Jatta, beat his father with a stick. l later noticed that the accused was running away,” he said, adding that as he was trying to get hold of him, and he retaliated by fighting him.
“When I fell down, he came on top of me attempting to give me blows, and I defended myself until a police officer came to my aid, and arrested him,” he further told the court.
Under cross-examination, the witness also told the court that he saw the accused person holding the stick, but did not see the accused beating the deceased.
“I knew the accused for a long time, and he is mentally imbalanced,” he added.
The case continues.