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Alleged rape case continues

Jul 30, 2012, 12:40 PM | Article By: Malamin L.M. Conteh

The rape case involving one Almammy Gibba continued recently at the Special Criminal Court in Banjul with the testimony of a defence witness.

Lamin Sanneh testified as defence witness one (DW1) telling the court that some time in 2011, at Madiana Village, while he was on his way to the shop at night, one Mr Conteh told him they should go together to the house of the accused, Almammy Gibba.

He said Mr Conteh further told him there was very important issue to be discussed there, which he (the witness) should be part of.

Sanneh added that upon their arrival at the accused person’s house, they found some village elders there, and the accused was confronted with the issue of raping a girl.

He said the girl was called upon and asked and she alleged that she was raped by the accused, but the accused categorically denied the allegation.

He added that he (the witness) later stayed there for some time, and further asked him but the accused continued to deny the allegation.

Testifying further, Mr Sanneh said the following day he was told the accused was taken to Abdoulie Sowe’s compound at night where he spent the night and was beaten there while his hands were tied, but he (the witness) was not present there.

He added that he was also aware that the accused was taken to the Alkalo’s compound and was asked by the Alkalo but the accused denied the allegation.

Under cross-examination, the witness told the court that he lived far from the accused, and he was not present when the accused was beaten.

He however said he was present at the meeting which took place at the house of the accused, and the accused denied the allegation.