A woman who is facing trial before a Kanifing Magistrates’ Court in connection with an alleged drug in possession Wednesday challenged a report sent from the Medical and Health office which confirmed that the substance allegedly found with her was cannabis.
Under trial before magistrate Blessed, Madam Keita, a pregnant woman said she has nothing to do with the analysis report since the extraction of the suspected cannabis which was sent for analysis was not done in her presence. Her statement followed the prosecution’s attempt to tender the analysis report as evidence in the case.
The prosecution has already laid a foundation of the document through a witness Samba Bah, who is a narcotic officer attached to the scientific office in Banjul. Bah said the accused was escorted to their office on 30th June 2016 by narcotic officers from Bakoteh police post with two big bundles and some quantities of suspected cannabis for analysis.
He said he (Bah) extracted small quantity from the substance and explained to the accused person the purpose of the extraction and put it in a white paper with identification marks and sent it to the Medical and Health office for analysis to ascertain if the substance was cannabis or not.
Officer Bah added that after it was analyzed, a certificate was issued which confirmed that the substance was cannabis sativa, a prohibited drug. The witness confirmed the report through his name as the submitting officer of the suspected drug.
The prosecutor later attempted to tender the report but the accused challenged it after it was shown to her and whether she agrees to the tendering of the document. She said the extraction of the substance was not done in her presence and that she has nothing to do with the analyses report.
This prompted the presiding magistrate to adjourn the case to 4th October for the prosecution to provide the analyst who wrote the report.
by Meita Touray