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Court hears testimony in rape case

Apr 2, 2012, 12:30 PM | Article By: Malamin Conteh

Momodou Lamin Yerajeng, an accused person and a resident of Sanyang village, recently testified in a voir dire, as defence witness one (DW1) in an alleged rape case involving him at the Special Criminal Court in Banjul.

The accused told the court he is a farmer by profession and on 10 August 2011, he came from his farm and met police officers in his compound waiting for him.

He added that upon his arrival, he was asked whether he had raped the underage girl, which he said he had denied, but was later taken to the Sanyang Police Station where he was subject to brutal torture.

The witness added that he was later taken to the police headquarters in Banjul where a statement was obtained from him while he was in handcuff.

He explained to the court that he was compelled to sign the statement but he refused and was detained for two weeks whilst he continued to deny the allegation.

The case continues.