Aug 3, 2016, 10:32 AM
Responding to questions by defence counsel Borry Touray, the witness told the court that there was no surveyor in his office, adding that in the cause of investigating the matter, he did not ask of any expert from the department of survey regarding the district boundary between Kombo North and Komo South area.
He said he was not aware of the district boundary between Kombo North and Kombo South as the village boundary between Banyiaka village and Madiana village.
According to him, during the investigation, he knew the plot in issue and the matter was related to the district boundary because the statements he recorded from both the two Alkalos was that the said land was situated at Banyiaka village.
He said he did not have any district map in his office, adding that he was not aware of Banyiaka murder case investigated for nine years resulting in the conviction of the relative of the present Alkalo of Banyiaka village.
Officer Joof said he did not aware of that murder case that brought the rip to the two families between the first accused person, Lamin Camara, and the present Alkalo of Banyiaka village.
He said he was not aware that the present Alkalo of Banyiaka village undermined his elder brother, the then Alkalo who was the first accused’s father, for him to be the alkalo.
He noted that he did not refer the matter to the writing expert to compare the signatures because the accused confessed by himself that he made the signature.
He said Lamin Njie, the second accused person, sold the land and he did not know whether he has collected the stamp from the alkalo.
He said, according to the first accused, he prepared the document and his father authorised him to prepare any document, adding that he was not aware of land dispute between Brufut and the first accused’s family.
According to the witness, he compared the signature of the Alkalo of Banyiaka village to the signature of the 1st accused person.
He said with regard to the stamp, the then Alkalo, the first accused’s father, confirmed that the stamp was his stamp but the signature was not his and he did not thumb-print nor did he authorize any one to sign the document.
He said he could not recall when the present alkalo of Banyiaka was appointed.
The case was adjourned till 13 August 2014.