PW4 testifies in Bakau infanticide trial
Thursday, April 05, 2012
The criminal trial involving the state against one Fatou Drammeh of Bakau, accused of killing her new born baby resumed yesterday, 4th April 2012 before Justice Emmanuel Nkea of the Special Criminal Court in Banjul.
The prosecution led by state counsel Simon Semalemba called the third prosecution witness, one Fatoumata Fandeh, the mother of the accused to testify in the ongoing trial.
In her evidence, Fatoumata Fandeh, a resident of Bakau recalled that on 19th May 2011, she went to her garden to water her vegetables. The witness explained that whilst going to the garden, she left the accused at home but upon her return saw the accused rush to the toilet.
The witness revealed that when she asked the accused what was going on, the accused replied that she had delivered. The witness disclosed that as she followed the accused to the toilet, she found the baby lying on the toilet floor and the accused told her that she was tired.
The witness further disclosed that she saw the baby and did not touch the baby and observed that the umbilical cord was around the baby’s neck. The witness pointed out that the accused informed her that at the time of birth, the baby came out with his legs and the umbilical cord tied round the neck. The witness revealed that she observed and noticed that the baby was lifeless due to the way the umbilical cord was around the baby’s neck.
The witness further told the court that the accused carried the baby wrapped in a cloth and went to Bakau Health Centre. At the health centre, the witness said after the doctor or the medical officer examined the baby, the health official then alleged that it was the accused who killed thebaby.
The witness further said that the accused then told the official that if she had killed the baby she would not have gone to the health centre, instead she would have dumped the baby. Testifying further, the witness revealed that at that junction, the medical official then called the police, thereafter the accused was arrested and the baby was taken to RVTH morgue.
Responding to questions posed to her by defence counsel Mrs. Oduma, the witness disclosed that when she met the accused inside the toilet, the accused told her that she was tired. The witness further disclosed that it was the accused who took the baby to the health centre, where the baby was confirmed dead.
The witness told the court that the accused could have dropped the baby into the pit toilet if she had the intention of killing her baby but she did not and she met the baby lying on the toilet floor.
Meanwhile, the presiding Judge, Justice Emmanuel Nkea revealed that the court would issue a summons for the attendance of the nurse (medical official) at the Bakau Health Centre who examined the baby to appear on the next adjourned date, 10th April 2012.EndFragment
Author: Sidiq Asemota