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Prosecutor closes case in threatening violence trial

Nov 23, 2015, 10:13 AM | Article By: Dawda Faye

Police prosecutor 798 Ebou Jatta on 19 November 2015 announced the closure of the prosecution’s case against one Lamin Ceesay, who was charged with threatening violence, before Magistrate Isatou Janneh of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court.

This followed the testimony of the prosecutor’s second witness, Gibril Sanyang.

In his testimony, the witness told the court that he lives at Kotu is a police driver.

While he was driving on 3 November 2015, he saw a crowd near a restaurant.

He stopped the car and alighted, and the accused, Lamin Ceesay, was then having a row with the complainant, Robert Johannes Engelen.

Mr Sanyang added that the accused took a knife from his pocket and attempted to attack the complainant, whose son then seized the knife from the accused, who was working at the restaurant.

He (the police driver) then took the knife from the complainant’s son.

Mr Sanyang further told the court that the accused took two bottles of beer, which were bought by the complainant and poured the contents.

The accused then held the empty bottles and said that if anyone attacked him, he would hit them with the bottles.

Mr Sanyang then confronted the accused and seized the empty bottles from him, then he took the complainant, his son and the accused to the police station.

The empty bottles were shown to him, and he identified them.

The prosecutor applied to tender the bottles, and the accused did not raise any objection.

Magistrate Janneh admitted them as exhibits.

Mr Sanyang also told the court that they recorded their statements at the police.

The case continues for defence on 3 December 2015.

Prosecutors alleged that the accused, Lamin Ceesay, with intent to intimidate, insult or annoy Robert Johannes Engelen and Robert Johannes Engelen Jr, threatened to stab them with a knife and a beer bottle on 3 November 2015, at Serrekunda in the Kanifing Municipality.