I saw the alleged rape victim with bloodstains:- Police officer tells SCC
Friday, April 27, 2012
One Pierre Mendy, a police officer and a prosecution witness in the criminal trial involving the state against one Sanna Kah Wednesday told the Special Criminal Court in Banjul presided over by Justice Emmanuel Nkea that he saw the alleged rape victim with blood stains all over her body.
The accused, Sanna Kah was alleged to have had unlawful carnal knowledge of a 9-year-old girl (name withheld) on the 2nd November 2011 at Lamin Village in Kombo North District of the West Coast Region. Pierre Mendy, the fourth prosecution witness told the court that on that fateful day, while he was in Lamin Village visiting one Gabriel Daniel Sylva, a friend, he saw the victim being escorted by two persons.
The witness adduced that the victim was naked holding her clothes in her hand with bloodstains all over her body. The witness further adduced that the victim was escorted to her parents and later returned with the victim who led them to the accused person’s house. Upon arrival, he said, they found bloodstains at the door. Mendy noted that the victim pointed at a room, which was locked, adding that the accused was not present at that time.
The witness explained that he then left to search for the accused whom he found sitting at a nearby house after the search. He told the court that he called the accused and informed him that his mother wanted to see him, adding the accused went with them. He revealed that upon arrival at the junction where the people gathered and as soon as the victim saw the accused, she pointed at him and also pointed at her private part.
The witness finally told the court that the accused was arrested and later taken to Yundum Police Station. Hearing continues on the 2nd of May 2012.
Author: Zainab Faal