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Shepherd testifies in murder case

Nov 5, 2012, 10:56 AM | Article By: Malamin L.M. Conteh

The fourth prosecution witness (PW4), Gibril Bah, a resident of Brufut village in the West Coast Region, and a shepherd by profession, recently testified in an alleged murder case involving one Modou Sowe at the Special Criminal Court in Banjul before Justice Emmanuel Nkea.

PW4 told the court that he knew both the accused and the deceased persons, as they both lived in his compound.

He stated that on 10 January 2011, after breakfast, both the deceased and the accused left home with a flock of cattle for the bush for grazing.

Gibril Bah further testified that around 5pm, he was called by the police at the Brusubi Police Station to go and answer.

“At the police station, I was informed by the police that a shepherd had died, whose name is Babucarr Ceesay,” he said, adding that they asked him when the deceased left home with the accused.

“I was detained by the police to go and identify the accused who left with the deceased to go to the bush. I went with the police to my house, but we did not find the accused person there,” he said.

Mr Bah added that later in the night, he received a call that the accused was back home, and he led the police to his home to effect arrest on the accused person.

“I was released that very night, and asked to report the following morning. I was later escorted by the police to the place where the dead body was found,” Bah further told the court.

The accused person was placed in a cell, he said, and denied the charge in his presence. However, on the following day, he was informed by the police that the accused, Modou Sowe, had admitted to killing Babucarr Ceesay.