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Serrekunda Health Centre case suffers setback

Jan 21, 2014, 9:58 AM | Article By: Dawda Faye

The case involving Awa Beyai, Awa Sanneh and Ndey Ceesay, nurses at the Serrekunda Health Centre, who were charged with neglect of official duty and abuse of office, before Magistrate Tabally of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court, could not proceed on 20 January 2014.

When the case was mentioned, the prosecuting officer, Inspector Touray, told the court that he was applying for an adjournment, because the case file was sent to the Attorney General’s Chambers for their consent to prosecute the accused persons on count two.

He said he had not yet received the case file.

Defence counsel Lamin S. Camara told the court that he was representing the first and second accused persons, along with lawyer Edward Singhateh.

Lawyer Kebba Sanyang said he was representing the third accused person.

Counsel Camara again told the court that they were not objecting to the application made by the prosecutor.

As a result, Magistrate Tabally adjourned the case to 5 February 2014, for continuation of the hearing.

The particulars of offence on count one stated that on 17 November 2013, at Serrekunda Health Centre, in the Kanifing Municipality, the accused persons, as employed in the public service as nurses and by virtue of that employment, neglected their official duty by failing to pay attention to a pregnant woman in the name of Isatou Sambou which led to delivery of her baby in the street, and thereby committed an offence.

Count two stated that on the same date and place, the accused persons, while employed in the public service as nurses, abused their office by failing to attend to a pregnant woman in the person of Isatou Sambou which was predijucial to her right.

In another development, the trial involving Mass Kah, a Foroyaa messenger, who was charged with sedition, also failed to proceed.

It was adjourned till 23 January 2014, according to prosecutor 3560 Colley, who has now taken over the case from the former prosecutor, 225 Nying.

The case is being heard by Magistrate Isatou Janneh of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court.

According to the particulars of offence, the accused, Mass Kah, on 14 November 2013, between the hours of 16:00 hrs and 17:00hrs, at Latrikunda German, within the K.M.C. and diverse areas, with willful intention, uttered a statement against the president’s photo which one Lamin Camara was pasting on his vehicle opposite a tailoring workshop, saying: “Why not paste the said photo of H.E. the president on the sky?” and thereby committed an offence.