Sep 4, 2008, 6:29 AM
The criminal trial of Dawda Manneh, former National Assembly Member for Nianja, and Demba Baldeh, an ex-soldier, continued yesterday at the Banjul Magistrates' Court before Principal Magistrate Edrissa Mbai.
Continuing his testimony, PW2 Pa Modou Jarra told the court that he obtained statements from the 2ndaccused Mr Baldeh, which were later tendered in court as exhibits.
Under cross-examination by the defence Counsel Amie Joof-Conteh, PW2 told the court that he obtained two cautionary and two voluntary statements fromDemba Baldeh.
He added that the statement dated
As to whether it was a practise to collect the statement
without reading it, he replied in the negative. He said the accused admitted
the charge on the statement he made on
Under further cross -examination, PW2 told the court that
the bag containing the suspected cannabis was handed over to him at the Charge
Office. He added that the bag belonged to the accused, but he maintained that
the bag was not labelled. He however said that Mr Baldeh confessed to being the
owner of the suspected cannabis when he made his statement on
He insisted that he was not out to implicate Mr Manneh as alleged by the lawyer. According to him, it was Mr Baldeh himself who said so in his statement.
The case was adjourned until