Principal Magistrate Omar Cham of the Banjul Magistrates’ Court on Thursday granted bail to the two prison wardens who are under trial before him on two counts of aiding a prisoner to escape and negligence of official duties.
Magistrate Cham granted bail to Ebrima B Njie and Edrissa Manga in the sum of D500, 000 each with two Gambian sureties who must deposit two title deeds situated within the Greater Banjul Area. He also ordered the accused persons to surrender their identity cards and to be reporting at the Banjul Police Station every Monday.
Ebrima B Njie and Edrissa Manga are alleged to have negligently permitted 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 willfully 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.
In the last sitting, their defence counsel Lawyer P Gomez applied for the court to grant them bail, citing relevant authorities to back him.
The case is adjourned to 6th September 2016 at 11.00 for continuation.
by Lama S Jallow