2 ‘Lesbians, homosexual’ charged, arraigned
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Two alleged lesbians and an homosexual were Wednesday arraigned at the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court presided over by Principal Magistrate Sheriff Tabally.
Faity Jobe, Awa Touray, Gambians; and Ogika Amenechi, a Nigerian are charged with indecent practice among themselves, contrary to the Laws of The Gambia.
According to the particulars of offence, Faity Jobe (1st accused) and Awa Touray (3rd accused) on the 5th April 2012 at Serrekunda and in diverse places were engaged in an indecent practice in a public place among themselves, thereby committed an offence.
For the second accused, Ogika Amenechi, the particulars of offence revealed that on the same date and place, he was engaged in an indecent practice between him and other homosexuals, thereby committed an offence. They all pleaded not guilty.
The defence counsel for the 1st and 3rd accused, Lawyer Badou Conteh made an application for the accused persons to be granted bail, citing that they have been in police custody for more than 72 hours. He said that the 1st accused is married with two children while the 3rd accused works for a promotion company. He assured that if granted bail, they will always be available in court.
But the Police prosecutor, Chief Inspector Darboe objected to the application made by the defence counsel, noting that the law is not a one-way traffic and does not recognise anyone. He added that other accused persons were last Tuesday charged for the same offence and are currently remanded in prison, so the same should apply to the accused persons.
The presiding magistrate, however, overruled the prosecutor’s objection, saying that the offence is a bailable one.
He therefore granted the accused persons bail in the sum of D100, 000 each with two Gambian sureties. The case was adjourned to the 19th April 2012.
Author: by Modou Gomez