Magistrate’s ill-Health Hampers Court Proceedings

Magistrate’s ill-Health Hampers Court Proceedings




The Banjul Magistrates’ Court presided over by Principal Magistrate Omar Cham on Tuesday failed to deliver the highly anticipated judgment in the criminal trial involving the state against Alieu Loum and Karanta Darboe.

This development according to sources is as a result of the Magistrate’s ill health condition which warranted an adjournment of the case to the 6th October 2016 for judgment.

It could be recalled that the accused persons are charged with multiple offences ranging from conspiracy to commit a felony, being in possession of firearms without license, having fire arms without authority.

The prosecution called several witnesses and tendered several exhibits to proof a case against the accused persons. The accused persons on the other hand narrated their side of story and did not tender any exhibit.

In a separate but similar development the criminal trial involving the Inspector General of Police against Sainabou Ngum the former Executive Director of Masanneh Ceesay Fish and Vegetable Enterprise did not also proceed before the said court.

This particular case was set for accused person to give her defence testimony which could not happen on the same grounds that the presiding magistrate is sick both parties were present in court.

Reader would recall that the accused person is standing trial on a single count charge of willfully disobeying the inspection procedure of exportation and failing to acquire health certificate from the Food Safety and Quality Authority for two containers of fish destined for Holland and China

The case was adjourned to today 10.30 am for hearing.

By Lama S Jallow