Defence Lawyer Queries Prosecution’s Attitude in Child Pornography Trial

Defence Lawyer Queries Prosecution’s Attitude in Child Pornography Trial




Lawyer Moses B J Richards, defence counsel of William Bright, who is charged with 46 counts of sexual related offences Wednesday queried the attitude of the prosecution in the case before Justice O Ottaba of the High Court in Banjul.

The counsel’s query was warranted by what he described as the unacceptable unserious attitude of the prosecution in the case. He urged the court to discharge his client pending the time the prosecution is willing, able and ready to prosecute him.

The state prosecution was not represented at that material time which prompted the defence lawyer to make the application urging the court to discharge the accused person. The presiding judge however said he would order for the Director of Public Prosecution to appear before the court to confirm if the state is ready to prosecute the matter.

He said at this stage of the trial, the issue of the mental health of the accused person is unconcluded.

When the state counsel O Danso walked into the court room, she gave an excuse that she thought the case was supposed to come 30 minutes later than the time it actually started.

Justice Ottaba informed the parties that the order for mental examination of the accused person was not served on the hospital and granted the defence lawyer’s application to adjourn the matter. The case is adjourned to 8th November 2016 for report.

William Bright is slammed with 46 counts charges of various sexual related offences against 5 female children.

He is charged with multiple offences of rape, attempted rape, child pornography, sexual exploitation, unlawful sexual advances, indecent assault on female, unlawful detention with intent to defile, prohibition of pornography, showing indecent photos to children and other offences.

The prosecution alleged that between the year 2013 and 2014, Bright had unlawful carnal knowledge of 12 and 17-year-old girls and attempted to rape another 12 and 14-year-old female children during the same period.

According to the prosecution’s allegation, the accused person also took indecent photos of 5 female children for the purpose of child pornography and sexually exploited them by touching their breasts and buttocks.

Bright is further alleged to have unlawfully made sexual advance to a 15-year-old girl who he intended to have sex with. He is also alleged to have forced a 14-year-old girl to undress in his presence and unlawfully detained several female children with intent to defile them.

Prosecution accused Mr Bright of publishing pornographic pictures depicting those children and also showed indecent pictures of children and used a 17-year-old girl for the production of pornography. He denied liability of all the counts, describing them as a ridiculous nonsense.

by Fatou Sowe