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Police officer testifies in accident case

May 20, 2013, 9:05 AM | Article By: Halimatou Ceesay

A police officer, Sergeant Lamin Bayo, recently testified in an alleged careless driving case involving one Abdoulie Sillah, at the Brikama Magistrates’ Court before Magistrate Jeng.

In his testimony, officer Bayo told the court he recognised the defendant and could recall what happened on 14 March 2013.

On the day in question, he said he was on tracffic duty at Lamin NTC junction when he was told about an accident that happened in Lamin on the

Brikama-Serrekunda Highway

Designated as prosecution witness four (PW4), officer Bayo said that on arrival at the scene, he found out that the accident involved three vehicles headed for Serrekunda.

The first vehicle, a green colour private car, had registration number BJL 6768H; the second vehicle, a silver colour 14-seater passenger commercial van, had registration number BJL 9203H, and the third vehicle, a gold colour private Mercedes Benz, had registration number BJL1945J.

He said he measured the scene and prepared a sketched plan all the parties appreciated and signed, adding that this was done in the presence of two other police officers, Sergeant 250 Kujabi and First Class 3937 Saidy.

Officer Bayo further adduced that both the drivers and the witnesses were taken to the police station where their statements were recorded. He also said the vehicles were tested.

After three days, a photographer was called to take pictures of the motor vehicle with registration number BJL1945J, adding that the phototgrapher signed at the back of the pictures.

He also found that motor vehicle BJL 6768H had knocked motor vehicle BJL1945J, and motor vehicle BJL 9203H had also knocked BJL 6768H, he said.

Each knocked the other at the rear bumper, he explained.

PW4 further adduced that he wrote a warning letter to them that the matter would be taken to court.

The sketched plan, the testing certificate, the warning letter and pictures were all tendered in court as exhibits without any objection from the defendant.

The case was adjourned till 29 May 2013.