NDEA exhibit keeper testifies in ex-prison officer’s case
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Jammeh, the exhibit keeper at the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDEA) on
Wednesday testified as the third prosecution witness in the drug trial
involving the state against Abdul Aziz Williams, an ex-prison officer, before
the Banjul Magistrates’ Court, presided over by Principal Magistrate Taiwo Ade
In his evidence-in-chief, PW3 told the court that on the 8th June 2012 the accused was brought to his office by some NDEA officers, who informed him that he [the accused] was found with suspected cannabis and they (NDEA officers) needed samples of the said suspected cannabis for analysis.
PW3 revealed that him being the extracting officer, took some samples and put in a brown envelop and it was sent to the Medical and Health Laboratory for analysis, with a reference number to avoid the name of the accused appearing in the analytical report. According to him, after the samples were sent and analysis done, an analytical report was issued confirming the suspected cannabis as indeed Cannabis sativa.
The said analytical report was admitted in evidence and marked as an exhibit.
During cross-examination of the witness by the accused, PW3 informed the court that he extracted samples from the cannabis found in the possession of the accused person, adding that he cannot remember how many samples he extracted nor could he remember the concealment method of the said cannabis.
The case was adjourned to 10th September 2012 for continuation hearing.
Author: Fatou Sowe