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Alleged murder case opens

Nov 2, 2012, 10:40 AM | Article By: Malamin L.M. Conteh

Trial opened recently in a murder case involving one Lamin Jatta at the Special Criminal Court in Banjul before Justice Emmanuel Nkea.

The case commenced with the testimony of the first prosecution witness (PW1), Rohey Jatta, a resident of Abuko village.

Rohey Jatta told the court that she knows the accused person as her biological son, and the deceased, her husband, but the deceased was not the biological father of the accused person.

She testified that on 4 July 2012, while she was at home preparing ice juice, between 8 and 9 pm, the accused person started to talk to himself as usual, since he was disturbed by his sickness because he was not mentally fit.

“The deceased asked me what is the accused talking about. I told my husband that he had started again, leave him, if he is tired, he will keep quiet,” she told the court.

She said her husband walked out of the house towards the direction of the accused to calm him, while the accused was holding a stick.

“I was at the backyard, and I was told by my daughter that the accused beat the deceased on his head with a stick and he fell down, bleeding,” she added.

She further stated that when she approached the deceased, she spoke to him, but he did not respond and she lifted him up, and then he was alive.

“I then took him to Fagi Kunda Health Centre and we were later referred to RVTH where he was admitted, and the next day he died,” she added.

The case continues.