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Police officer testifies in false information case

Jul 14, 2014, 10:14 AM | Article By: Yai Dibba

Lamin Singhateh, a police officer attached to Tujereng Police Station, recently testified in the alleged giving false information case involving one Lamin Camara of Banyiaka village, at the Brikama Magistrates’ Court before Principal Magistrate Dayo Small.

In his testimony, officer Singhateh said he knew one Omar Kalla Bojang and recalled that on 7 June 2011, he was on duty at the Tujereng Police Station when he received a telephone call through his station officer that the accused, Lamin Camara, informed him there was one Omar Kalla Bojang of Brufut village, who was at Banyiaka village demolishing people’s houses and throwing their properties out and the villagers came out to attack the said Omar Kalla Bojang.

He said upon receiving this information, he, 1st Class 3617 Touray, PC Bah, one NDEA officer, Abbi Jatta, and one Fire officer boarded a vehicle and left for the scene.

He said that upon their arrival at the scene, they found the said Omar Kalla Bojang and the accused in a group of people and they requested for the accused to identify the demolished houses and the thrown-out property, which he could not.

He said based on that, he was taken to the police station for questioning and later charged for giving false information.

Under cross-examination by the accused person, the witness stated that upon their arrival at the village, they did not find any weapon in the possession of the accused, but they found empty gun in Omar Kalla’s vehicle.

Officer Singhateh said the reason they charged the accused person for giving false information was that they did not find any demolished houses in the village or thrown-out properties.