Statement by the Independent Candidate and Member Parties of the United Front
Dec 12, 2011, 12:56 PM
The murder case involving Babucarr Senghore, Sheriffo Manneh, Alhagie Manneh and Alieu Ceesay continued recently at the Special Criminal Court in Banjul with the testimony of the seventh prosecution witness.
Saikou Joof, a police officer, told the court that on 14 July 2011 he was informed by his boss that there was a murder case at Brusubi Police Station.
He said upon arriving at the station, he was instructed to obtain a cautionary and voluntary statements from the fourth accused person, Alieu Ceesay, adding that in doing so he invited an independent witness called Alhagie Mbye.
“I read the cautionary wording to the accused in the Wollof language, which he said he understood, and the accused thumb-printed and the independent witness also signed,” he said, adding that he also endorsed the statements as the recording officer.
He identified both the voluntary and cautionary statements which were later tendered and admitted as exhibits.
Under cross-examination, the witness told the court he knew nothing about the case other than obtaining the statements, and he did not know where the independent witness works.
The case continues.
It would be recalled that the accused persons were on 14 July 2011, at Wellingara village in the Kombo North District of the West Coast Region, alleged to have caused the death of one Saikou Gaye, by beating him with a wooden plank.