The ongoing trial of the two prison warders who are under trial at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court for aiding a prisoner to escape and negligence of official duties before Principal Magistrate Omar Cham has been adjourned due to the absence of the state counsel.
The case was set for continuation of hearing of the first prosecution witness, Assistant Superintendent of Police Abdoulie Bah but could not proceed after it was announced in the court that the State Counsel handling the case, Lamin Jarju was occupied with other issues.
P Gomez, the accused persons’ defence counsel did not object to the adjournment of the matter but urged the state to be present on the next date so that the case can benefit from a speedy trial in the interest of justice, since the accused persons are still under custody.
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 alleged to have wilfully neglected 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.
The case is adjourned to today for continuation.
by Aji Fatou Lemon