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Norwegian tourist charged for multiple criminal offences

Mar 18, 2011, 1:00 PM | Article By: Malamin Conteh

The police have preferred multiple criminal charges against one Svien Age Sandaker, a Norwegian national, at the Bundung Magistrates' Court before Magistrate Christiana Johnson Lyon.

Svien Age Sandaker was arraigned yesterday and charged with four counts of sexual abuse of underage children, indecent photograph of underage children, sexual exploitation of underage children and indecent assault of underage children.

He pleaded not guilty, and was subsequently granted bail of D50,000, with two Gambian sureties with landed property within the Greater Banjul Area. The court also ordered that the accused person's travel documents be seized from him.

According to the particulars of offence on count one, between 2009 and 2011, at Brufut in the West Coast Region, the accused, Svien Age Sandaker, being a tourist sexually abused five underage children.

Count two stated that in the same place and date, the accused, being a tourist, took an indecent photograph of the five underage children.

Count three stated that the accused sexually exploited five underage children, by touching their bodies.

Count four stated that the accused, at the same place and date, being a tourist indecently assaulted the five underage children by touching their private parts.

The IGP was represented by Inspector Kuyateh, while the accused person was represented by lawyer S.M. Tambedou.

The case was adjourned till 24 March 2011.