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Police officer testifies in court

Aug 6, 2014, 10:32 AM | Article By: Isatou Senghore-Njie

One Alieu Colley, a police officer, yesterday testified in the trial involving one Emmanuel John, accused of criminal trespass, threatening violence and assaulting a police officer, at the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court, before Magistrate Fatou Darboe.

In his testimony, officer Colley told the court that he is a police officer attached to Bulldozer and that he recognised the accused person.

He recalled 17 July 2014, when he was at Kotu Jammeh Kunda and saw a white lady by the name Venoir crying who explained to him that the accused tried to kill her at the Palma Rima Hotel area.

He said he then told his colleague, one Ismaila Jammeh, to go with him to the accused’s residence where they found the accused and explained to him that he threatened someone’s life.

According to him, they told the accused to go with them to the nearest police station so they could settle the matter but the accused refused to comply, saying he was ironing his clothes.

He said they took the iron as he was wielding it on his face, adding that he held the accused’s hand and the iron dropped.

He said the accused picked up a cutlass and his colleague, Ismaila Jammeh, held the accused’s hand and asked what he was trying to do.

He adduced that the accused then said if it were not for his colleague, he would kill him (the witness), adding that the accused later held his neck and hit him on his face and also tore his shirt.

He said they were able to calm him down and took him to the Tourist Security Unit at Senegambia, and were referred to Kotu Police Station, where their statements were recorded.

Then case was adjourned till 7 August 2014.