Oct 26, 2010, 1:37 PM
The second prosecution witness in the on-gong trial involving six Nigerians and one Gambian accomplice accused of kidnapping a 71-year old Australian national, Justin Liebig, on
The accused: Joseph Okeke, alias Charles or Doctor, Nanso Mbasoh, Onuwa Ibaim, Nonso Odowa, Arinze Izuchukwu, Pius Patrick, and Awa Touray are standing trial for allegedly kidnapping a 71-year old Australian national, Justin Liebig. They are charged with conspiracy, kidnapping, obtaining money by false pretence and stealing.
They are alleged to have held the 71-year old Australian captive, from the 1st to
Sub Inspector Abdoulie Sowe, attached to the Bakoteh Police Station CID Unit, told the court that while in his office on the 9th of February this year he received a telephone call from the Police Crime Management Co-ordinator (
He further said that upon returning to the restaurant he used the
"Upon our arrival at the gate of Joseph's house we knocked at the gate and Joseph opened the gate and upon seeing us, he quickly closed the gate and opened the back gate and started to run. I ran after him and arrested him" Inspector Sowe added.
He testified that upon returning to the Kotu Police Station, he found Awa Touray, another suspect, and obtained their cautionary statements. He told the court that when Joseph was asked at the police station as to why he tried to run away, he said the accused answered that when he saw two guys with one of his co-accused he knew that their operation had failed. They were however denied bail by the presiding magistrate, Kumba Sillah-Camara, and the case was adjourned to