Oct 22, 2014, 10:21 AM
Continuing his testimony, the witness, Lamin Darboe, told the court that he later fenced the said land and, after two years, he was informed that the said area was taken by the government.
He later travelled and his step mother called him and informed him that the people who had land in the said area could stay for farming.
He said after being informed by his step mother, he also started farming on the said land, until one day when the accused, Pateh Badjan, came claiming ownership of the said land.
He then went to AMRC from where he bought the land to lodge his complaint, and they told him that the said land was his.
He said while building a house on the said land, five people also came claiming to be the owners of the same plot of land.
He later received a letter asking him to vacate the land.
The said letter was tendered by the police prosecutor, Chief Inspector Touray, without any objection from the defence counsel, Chime.
He later went to AMRC again, where he found the same letter and AMRC also replied to the said letter.
AMRC asked him to go and develop the said land, adding that he built a self-contained house with three rooms and parlour and a kitchen.
Under cross-examination, the complainant told the court that he invested money in the said land in 2010, and paid D200,000 to AMRC in the same year on behalf of his step mother, Mariama Saine.
The case continues.