Assistant Superintendent Abdoulie Bah, a Prison Officer at the Mile 2 Central Prison who stands as the first prosecution witness in the case of the two prison warders who are under trial at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court on two counts of aiding a prisoner to escape and negligence of official duties yesterday continued his testimony before Principal Magistrate Omar Cham.
The accused persons, Ebrima B Njie and Edrissa Manga are accused of negligently permitting Abdoulie Ceesay, the Managing Director of Teranga FM to escape from their lawful custody while on duty on 19th April 2016 at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) in Banjul.
They are also accused of wilfully neglecting to perform their duty to wit, keep custody of Abdoulie Ceesay while on duty on 19th April 2016 at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) in Banjul.
Continuing his evidence, ASP Bah narrated that after they handed the empty tin of milk to the medical personnel at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul for lab analysis, they went back to the Mile 2 Central Prison and informed their boss about what they found in the room then went back to their duty posts.
Under cross-examination, the witness indicated that he has been working at the Prison Department for 28 years, saying in his experience as a Prison Officer, prisoner escapes do happen sometimes.
He added that on the day of the incident, he was told that a prisoner escaped and he went to the hospital where the escape took place.
He said he knew the persons who took the prisoner to the hospital because they have a duty roster. He said on the morning of the incident, he was on duty supervising officers on duty at the remand wing.
According to him, the accused persons were not working under him but it is his mandate to know their job descriptions.
The case is adjourned to 16th August at 2.30pm for continuation.
by Lama S Jallow