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Concealment of birth case progresses

Feb 7, 2011, 12:28 PM | Article By: Yai Dibba-Jallow

Modou Badjie, a police officer attached to the Sibanor Police Station Child Welfare Unit, recently testified at the Brikama Magistrates' Court in the trial of one Sira Fadera charged with concealment of birth.

Testifying, officer Badjie told the court that on 12 October 2010, he was on duty at the Sibanor Police Station when he was told by the officer commanding that a lady called Sira Fadera of Brikam Mansarengsu had given birth at Kabokorr Village.

He said he visited the scene and the accused told him that she gave birth to a baby boy, adding that the accused later removed a nylon bag under the bed.

Officer Badjie further told the court that the accused was arrested and taken to the Sibanor Health Centre together with the nylon bag. He added that the accused was later taken to the Sibanor Police Station where she was instructed to open the nylon bag.

He said that when the nylon bag was opened, they found that the baby was wrapped in white cloth with both his neck and hand tied.

He added that later he obtained cautionary and voluntary statements from the lady.

The case, presided over by Magistrate Secka, was adjourned until 21 February 2011.