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Threatening violence case commences

Nov 6, 2015, 10:02 AM | Article By: Dawda Faye

The case involving one Lamin Ceesay, who was charged with threatening violence, commenced on 4 November 2015 before Magistrate Janneh of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecutor CPL 798 Ebou Jatta called his first witness to testify after the charge sheet was read to the accused, who denied the allegation.

Robert Johannes Engelen, the witness, told the court he is a driver.

He said on 3 November 2015, he was sitting and having a drink, adding that the accused went to his father and attempted to kiss him while he (the accused) was drunk.

He asked the accused to stop what he was doing, and the accused served him some beer and squeezed his arm.

The accused then started quarrelling with them, went behind the counter and took out a knife. He (the witness) held his hand and seized the knife.

Then the police arrived, and the accused wanted to attack the police officers.

The prosecutor applied to tender the knife after it was identified by the witness.

The accused did not object, and the court admitted the knife as an exhibit.

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.

The accused was granted bail of D1,000 with a Gambian surety, who should swear to an affidavit of means and to surrender an ID card to the registrar of the court.

The case was adjourned till 5 November 2015, for the prosecutor to call his second witness.

The prosecutor did come with his second witness on 5 November 2015, but the accused was not present in court.

The case was subsequently adjourned till 9 November 2015.