Jun 12, 2015, 11:17 AM
The trial involving Borry J. Saidy, the former air traffic service manager at the Banjul International Airport, accused of giving false information, resumed recently at the Brikama Magistrates’ Court before Magistrate Hilary Abeke.
However, the case could not proceed as the police prosecutor, Sub inspector Gibba, was not in court.
The police prosecutor, Sgt O. Touray, who held brief for Gibba, applied to the court to adjourn the matter.
Defence counsel Borry Touray objected, arguing that Sub inspector Sarr was the prosecutor who was in court, and did not inform him that he had handed over the case file to prosecutor Gibba.
He added that the prosecutor and the witness were not appearing before the court, and no reason was given.
At last hearing, the court made its second warning that if the witness did not appear before the court, the matter would be struck out.
He urged the court to strike out the matter.
In his ruling, the presiding Magistrate told the court that the case was before the court on 25 October 2015 and PW1 was in court, and was cross-examined by counsel, but did not finish.
The matter was adjourned till 28 October, and counsel was absent. On 19 November, Sub-inspector Gibba appeared for the IGP and counsel was not in court, and no reason was given for his absence.
He said on 25 November the case was adjourned at the instance of counsel.
“I shall allow the application of the prosecutor, and adjourn the matter to 7 December 2015.”