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Police nab murder suspect

Sep 13, 2010, 3:27 PM | Article By: Sainey M.K. Marenah

The police in Brikama have nabbed a murder suspect, one Malang Sonko, who is a native of Kiang Nema, but is residing in Brikama Jidda.

Mr. Sonko was alleged to have killed one Bakary Jawara in Brikama in the Western Region on Monday.

Disclosing the information to newsmen at a press conference convened by the police at police headquarters in Banjul on Wednesday, police spokesperson Superintendent Sulayman Secka said the suspect Malang Sonko attempted to rape the aunt of the deceased, Bakary Jawara.

PRO Secka added that when the deceased came to the rescue of his aunty, there followed a fight, when the suspect hit the deceased with a wooden item and then threw him on the road, where the body was recovered by a family member, Yusupha Fadera.

 PRO Secka added that the matter was reported to the police by one Sherriffoe Fadera.

According to the police spokeperson, when the suspect was questioned about the incident he admitted killing the deceased.

PRO Secka further revealed that after killing the deceased, the suspect also attempted to commit house-breaking. The suspect, he disclosed, will be charged with three counts of murder, attempted rape contrary to section 123 of the criminal code, and house-breaking contrary to section 283 of the criminal code.

The police spokeperson called on the general public to be more vigilant when it comes to reporting crime, adding that police will continue their crusade until the society is free from murderers.

Also speaking at the press conference was Superintendent Fakebba Darboe, the officer commanding the Criminal Investigation Department at the Brikama Police Station, who told reporters that the incident was reported to Brikama Police Station on Monday 6th September 2010 at around 2 am.

He added that the body of the deceased, Bakary Jawara, was abandoned in the street. The CID commander in Western Region further disclosed that the body was taken to Royal Victorian Teaching Hospital in Banjul, saying that the incident happened at Brikama Jidda where both the deceased and the suspect lived.

In a similar development, the police have also arrested a man believed to be in his 80s, one Abba Sheriff Hydara, a resident of Bakalarr village in the Upper Niumi District of the North Bank Region.

Abba Sheriff Hydara was suspected of shooting his wife to death, by using a single barrel gun in his garden located some meters away from the village. The suspect was also reported to have shot his son, Marabi Hydara, on his right shoulder at the same time and place.