Police sergeant testifies in Ismaila Ndong’s rape, robbery trial

Jun 18, 2020, 11:44 AM

Police Sergeant Modou Dinka on Wednesday testified before the Banjul High Court in the rape and robbery trial involving Ismaila Ndong.

Ismaila Ndong, a Gambian national has been charged with rape, robbery and robbery with violence of five women but pleaded not guilty to the eight criminal charges against him.

Dinka will be in his 20th year in October 2020 as a policeman.

He testified that on the 8th December 2019, RSM Musa Corr ordered to lead a team of six; do a checkpoint between Mile 7 and Jeshwang. Sergeant Dinka said this came at a time when one taxi driver was involved in rape and robbery of women who used to hire his taxi on town-trip at night.

He said when the checkpoint was mounted at the said place, Ismaila Ndong came carrying three people in his taxi. He said the vehicle was coming from the Traffic Light around the Kairaba Avenue heading to Sting Corner. Dinka testified that a search was conducted in the vehicle and they found out that it was the same vehicle their RSM refer to in particular as it concerns the inner decoration of the vehicle. He said the vehicle was a Mercedes Benz painted yellow and green for taxi use.

He said the taxi had a cloth spread on the dashboard with multi-colours and a hat with multi-colours. He maintained that driver was having dreadlocks as described by their RSM.  He said the registration number of the vehicle was BJL 4176.

The witness said the vehicle was escorted to Banjul to drop the passengers and was escorted back to the Anti-Crime Unit headquarters in Bijilo.