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Guinean lady freed of infanticide charges

Jun 18, 2008, 6:23 AM | Article By: By Malamin Conteh & Yerro Mballow

A Guinean lady, Jainaba Jallow, was yesterday afternoon exonerated from infanticide charges, this paper can reveal.

Jainaba was being tried by the Bundung Magistrates' Court on suspicion of killing her newly born baby in Sanchaba Sulay Jobe.

Before acquitting and discharging Jainaba of the charges, magistrate Kumba Sillah-Camara, presiding, explained that since the matter became a subject of litigation, the prosecution had called in two witnesses but added that none of the witnesses' testimony could be relied upon by any competent court.

She went ahead to say that the witnesses had, in their testimonies, indicated that the death of Jainaba's child was caused by an act but she elucidated that the medical certificate issued to Jainaba upon giving birth to the baby was not detailed enough to indicate that the death was indeed caused by an act. The medical certificate, she however admitted, had indicated that the baby was born alive but that the facts on it were scanty.

According to magistrate Sillah-Camara, the prosecution had failed in proving their case against Jainaba as its witnesses were so unreliable that no competent court can rely on them.