Truck Driver Opens Defence

Truck Driver Opens Defence

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Alagie Touray, a truck driver who is facing a single count charge of driving a motor vehicle that does not conform to requirements, last week opened his defence before Magistrate Elizabeth Don at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.

In his testimony, Touray said on the day of the incident, his truck was loaded with bags of cement from The Gambia Ports Authority bound to Serrekunda via the Bond Road. He said whiles driving on the fast lane, he spotted a private vehicle behind him on the side mirror coming with full light.

Touray said he still decided to stay on the fast lane to allow the private vehicle to pass. He said during that time, he heard a knock behind his truck and he stopped the car, he went behind his car where he noticed that it was a private vehicle that knocked his truck. He found the complainant with his two sons in their vehicle and helped them to get out of their vehicle to the hospital.

Touray further explained that the police later came to the scene and conducted some measurement and asked him to sign a police document.

The police prosecutor handling the matter, E Bojang during cross-examination asked Touray what time it was when he left the GPA and where he was taking the bags of cement to. He responded that he left GPA at around 12 midnight and was heading to GACEM.

Prosecutor Badjie asked Touray if the light and the side reflection mirrors on his car were functioning; he admitted that there were no back lights and no reflection mirrors at the back.

The Prosecutor put to him Touray that at the time of the accident, his vehicle was not  road worthy which he neglected and went ahead to drive the said vehicle leading to an accident, causing the complainant broken legs and been hospitalised for 14 days.

Touray maintained that he had told GACEM officials that the truck does not have light but they said it would be fixed when he return. He however, admitted to the fact that he caused the accident but said it was GACEM Company that put him in trouble.

Touray is said to have driven a motor vehicle with registration number: KM 4442 A truck, without a xfunctioning back light on or about 3rd March, 2016 along the Bond Road Banjul-Serrekunda High Way junction.

The case is adjourned to 19 September, 2016.

by Aji Fatou Lemon