One Madeline Mendy, a nurse attendant at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) on Wednesday testified as the fourth prosecution witness in the ongoing criminal trial involving the state against Ebrima B Njie and Edrissa Manga, two prison wardens before Principal Magistrate Kebba Baldeh at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.
PW4 told the court that she does not recognize the accused persons but said while giving medication to a patient in room 7 sometime in April 2016, she heard a loud scream in room 10
She said when she rushed to check what was happening there, she found out that a patient was shouting. She said when she asked the , patient told her that someone from another room jumped through her window.
The witness said she immediately went to room 9 and knocked on the door several times but no one responded and when she entered the room, the patient there was not seen.
She said the patient in room 9 at that time is called Abdoulie Ceesay and that was the time she left and continued giving medication in room 7.
While giving evidence under cross-examination, the witness adduced that she has been working at the hospital for four years as a nurse attendant but she had never witnessed prisoner escape at the hospital.
She asserted that she didn’t see anyone to call for help at the time of the incident and it is correct that the hospital has security but she was not in the same place with them. Mendy further informed the court that she could not estimate the distance between where she was and the security. She also admitted that it is correct that she was the nurse attendant at the escape prisoner’s room.
She said she does not know if anyone can bring food to any patient at anytime as that is not her job description.
Readers would recall that the accused persons are charged with two counts of criminal offences ranging from aiding and negligence of official duties contrary to laws of the Gambia. And they are alleged to have negligently permitted Abdoulie Ceesay (Teranga FM former boss) to escape at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) in Banjul while on duty as prison guards.
Hearing continues on the 22nd November 2016 at 11.30am.
By Lama S Jallow