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Alleged Banjul Murder Case Reaches Its Climax

Oct 9, 2009, 3:26 AM | Article By: Modou Sanyang

As The Accused Testifies

The alleged Banjul murder case involving one Dawda Bah has reached it climax with the accused opening his defence.

The accused Dawda Bah was alleged to have murdered one Cherno Jagne, alias Chey-Boy by stabbing him with a broken bottle sometime in 2008 in Banjul.

Testifying before Justice Moses Richard of the Special Criminal Court Division of the High Court, the accused Dawda Bah, vehemently denied knowing the deceased neither did he ever heard his name.

According to him, on the day in question, he was at home in Wellingara and that he did not hear the murder of the deceased until when he was taken to the police. He said he heard the testimonies of the prosecution witnesses, particularly the eye witnesses and that all what the prosecution witnesses have said was not true.

Under cross-examination by the State Counsel Shanaka, the accused Dawda Bah, told the court that he has been living in Wellingara for four years after a sojourn in Senegal. He said he had never lived in Banjul.

He adduced that he was a Gambian by birth but was taken to Senegal during his childhood until in 2005 when he returned back.

 He told the court that he had never being arrested by the police, prior to the alleged incident. He denied being originated from Banjul and maintained that all what he said in court was the whole truth. He admitted under cross-examination that he was being arrested by the Wellingara police, but denied stabbing the deceased Cherno Jagne.

The case was adjourned to 29th October 2009.