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Defence continues in criminal trespass trial

Jun 1, 2015, 1:43 PM | Article By: Yai Dibba

One Sarjo Jarju, the fourth accused, Thursday testified in the trial involving him and others, accused of criminal trespass, at the Brikama Magistrates’ Court before Principal Magistrate Hilary Abeke

The other accused persons are Musa Sonko, Sarjo Manneh and Mamina Colley.

In his testimony, Sarjo Jarju told the court that he is from Giboro Talokoto village and knew his co-accused persons.

He denied the allegation against them, adding that he did not know the complainant, Amadou Jallow, and only got to know him at the trial before the court.

According to Jarju, he and his co-accused persons did not go to the complainant’s residence nor destroyed his fence.

He said he and his wife went to a Casamance village called Nyanki and, after returning from Casamance, he went to the shop to buy biscuits for his children, where he was informed that his co-accused were called at the Giboro Police Station.

He went to find out why, and was told that they were taken to Brikama Police Station.

At Brikama Police Station, the CID officer informed him that his co-accused persons were reported by the complainant, Amadou Jallow, at the Giboro Police Station.

The allegation was that they went to the complainant’s residence and destroyed his door and some other destruction.

When he asked whether the accused persons could be granted bail, the officer told him they could not as it was a Sunday, and that he should go back to the police station on Monday.

On the following day, he went with the Alkalo of Giboro to Brikama Police Station.

At that juncture, the presiding magistrate told the accused person that he was charged with criminal trespass and willful damage to property, and that the accused person’s testimony should base on the charge sheet.

He then adjourned the matter to 8 July 2015.

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