Feb 8, 2016, 11:43 AM
The case continued with the 2nd accused opening his defence in a mini-trial.
The 2nd accused, Modou Salieu Suma, told the court in his defence that he lives in Dippa-Kunda, and he is a hairdresser, but denied knowing his co-accused Babucarr Jammeh.
He admitted knowing the complainant, Alimatou Jallow, further testifying that on 22 May 2012, he gave a statement to the police but it was not read over to him.
He added that while they were obtaining his statement, the officers on the ground were slapping him in the cell and asking him to tell them about his co-accused.
Suma said during that process they asked him the names of his parents, while he was placed in the cell.
He added that he was never given the chance to talk to the complainant, nor to confront her.
“On the day in question the complainant came in the morning and said she lost D2,500 and a mobile phone. In the afternoon she said she lost D500 and a mobile phone,” the accused told the court.
The statement before the court was not his statement, he said, adding that he is also a marabout, whom the complainant told about her sick child.
He said the complainant also told him the place her child was working was not her proper place to work, because the child was there just to get means of survival.
The case continues.