Rongo & father’s trial stalls
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The criminal trial involving the state against Momodou Lamin Jarju alias Rongo and his father, Alhaji Lamin Jarjuon Monday failed to proceed at the Brikama Magistrates’ Court presided over by Magistrate Hilary Abeke.
When the case was mentioned, Sergeant 1781 Kinteh announced his appearance for the Inspector General of Police (IGP) adding that he was applying for an adjournment to familiarise himself with the case file which he took over from the prosecutor Sergeant 1260 Colley.
The defence led by Lawyer Segga Gaye objected to the application made by Prosecutor Kinteh, saying he has no urgent reasons to be granted adjournment. Gaye recalled that an order was made that if the prosecution fails to bring its witness on the next adjourned date the case would be struck out.Lawyer Gaye said it is coming to almost a year now and the prosecution cannot close its case and it has also been a month that the case has not proceeded without any good reason. He therefore urged the court to close the prosecution’s case and adjourned the case for defence.
Sergeant Kinteh replied that he is ready to proceed with the case but urged the court to grant him an adjournment to familiarise himself with the case file. Magistrate Abeke in his ruling granted another adjournment to the prosecutor for him to study the case file for the interest of justice. The case was then adjourned to the 14th May, 2012 for hearing.
Author: Sainabou Jatta