Magistrate Fatty of the Brikama Magistrates’ Court, Tuesday granted bail to Modou Touray and Sulayman Cham in the sum of D10, 000 each with two Gambian sureties who must swear to affidavit of means and deposit there national identity cards.
The two accused persons are standing trial on two-count charge of disobedient to lawful order and obstructing a police officer on due execution of his lawful duty.
They are alleged to have disobeyed the lawful order of the Minister of Local Government and Lands, which was relayed through a press release dated 27th June 2016.
The prosecution also alleged them of resisting to be arrested by Police Constable 5807 Trawally, WPC 5527 Sillah and WPC 5824 Jatta on 20th November 2016, at Mankubaya.
Kebba Ansu Jammeh, a resident of Makumbaya who testified as the first prosecution witness in the trial said he was at Makumbaya on 20th November 2016 when one of his brothers (Bakary) informed him that some people were working in their late father’s land. He said they inherited the land from their father but they didn’t share it yet.
He said after receiving the information from Bakary, he also called one Landing Jammeh and went with him to the place to authenticate the information. He said they found the first accused person erecting a fence at the land and when they asked him about the ownership of the land, he said it was his land.
The witness said he asked the first accused if he hasn’t heard the press release on the radio and TV avoiding anyone from touching the land but the first accused said he was not aware of it and that it was Lamin Jarju who authorized him to work on the land. He said he and his brother later lodged their complaint to the police station.
According to the witness, when they went to the disputed land with police officers, the first accused person said they will not move even an inch and that if the police officers like they can go to Lamin Jarju.
He said during a struggle with the police officers, the second accused person came with a spear, saying his brother is not going anywhere. “One of the police officers then called one Trawally at the Yundum police station for reinforcement. The officers later came and helped them to arrest both accused persons and they were taken to New Yundum police station where the three police officers, I and my brother gave our statements.”
The matter is adjourned to 6th December 2016, for cross-examination.
by Fatou Gassama