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Two arraigned for criminal offences

Feb 9, 2015, 9:37 AM | Article By: Nyimsata Cham

Bola Coria and Marie Mendy were recently arraigned at the Brikama Magistrates’ Court before Magistrate P. Sarra for criminal offences.

In his testimony, the witness, Bureh Sowe, told the court that he recognized the two accused, Bola Coria and Marie Mendy, and could recall what happened on the 22 July 2014.

He said on the day in question, his cattle were late to come home and he was chasing them home when he met with the first accused, Bola Coria, who was calling his attention and insulting him.

The witness stated that he went for a while and stopped, he saw the first accused running toward him, held his neck, and started beating him.

Sowe further told the court that while he was struggling to get himself free from the first accused, the second accused, Marie Mendy, also came, held his private part and pulled it behind.

His mother, Habi Bah, came to take the cattle home, he said, adding that people later came to his rescue, and he was very weak.

He later heard his mother shouting and he ran to see his mother, adding that his mother was hit by the first accused, and that led to her being unconsciousness.

He and his uncle took the mother to hospital, but they were told that they would not be attended to, adding that he reported the matter to Sanyang Police Station where he was accompanied by a police to the hospital, and later referred to Brikama Health Centre the same day and to EFSTH in Banjul.

Under cross-examination by the first accused, who asked the witness the name of the place where they fought and who owned the place, the witness said there were cashew trees planted, but he did not know who owned the place.

Further asked by the accused what the witness was doing until he reached the plantation, the witness replied that he was chasing his cattle.

The second accused also asked the witness who held his private part and who was present.

The witness responded that there was nobody, but only the four of them.

Further asked as a woman, how she could pull his private part without defending himself, but the witness said he was weak and could not do anything.

The case was adjourned to 16 February 2015.