Principal Magistrate Omar Cham of the Banjul Magistrates’ Court yesterday entered a not guilty plea for Ebrima B Njie and Edrissa Manga, two prison wardens who are facing charges of aiding a prisoner to escape and negligence of official duties.
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.
When the case was called in yesterday’s hearing, State Counsel Laming Jarju narrated the facts of the matter.
He told the court that the two accused persons were on duty on 19th April, 2016 and slept while guiding a prisoner (Abdoulie Ceesay) who, he narrated was admitted at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) in room No: 9 of a private block.
He said due to their conduct, Abdoulie Ceesay escaped from them and when they (accused persons) woke-up from their sleep, they decided to go home. He said after they informed there superior about it, he (their superior) ordered for them to be arrested at the Denton bridge and be detained. He explained that their cautionary and voluntary statements were later taken.
The accused persons denied the prosecutor’s narration, saying what he narrated did not happen. They changed their plea from guilty to not guilty. The prosecutor then applied for adjournment to enable him bring witnesses.
The case is adjourned to 4th, 8th and 9th August.
by Aji Fatou Lemon