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Police officer testifies in obstruction case

Dec 20, 2010, 12:14 PM | Article By: Binta Fatty - Gitteh

Lamin Darboe, a police officer, recently testified in the obstruction case involving one Momodou Bojang and Lamin Jassey at the Brikama Magistrates’ Court before Magistrate A.K. Ceesay.

Momodou Bojang and Lamin Jassey are being tried for allegedly obstructing a police officer in the due execution of his duty, a charge they have denied.

Testifying, officer Darboe told the court that he recognised the accused persons and could recall what happened on 17 October 2010.

Darboe said that on the day in question, he was on duty at the New Yundum Police Station when Sarjo Fatty, a driver, and his apprentice came and lodged a complaint against some boys in New Yundum.

He said the driver told him he was coming from Serekunda towards Brikama when some boys from New Yundum who were from the Football Field stopped his vehicle and assaulted him.

“Myself, officers Amadou Bah, Modou Jallow and the complainant left for New Yundum,” he added.

“Upon arrival, we saw a boy by the name Lamin Kassama, whom the complainant suspected to be among the boys who assaulted him. The suspect was arrested and while taking him, many people from the compound insisted that the suspect would not go.”

He said they explained to the crowd the purpose of arresting the suspect, but the accused persons still insisted that the suspect would not go because he was not part of those who assaulted the complainant and they held the suspect and pulled him from them.

Officer Darboe added that the two accused persons were eventually arrested with the help of the Assistant Station Officer, Adama Secka.

The second prosecution witness, Modou Jallow, also a police officer, gave similar testimony.

The case was at that juncture adjourned till 22 December 2010.