The trial of Babucarr Njie, a soldier who was found with a pistol at King Fahd Mosque, continued on 23 March 2017 before magistrate Janneh-Njie of the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.
When the case was called, police prosecutor sub-Inspector Abdoulie Bojang represented the IGP.
Sheriff Kumba Jobe, the defense counsel, represented the accused person.
Prosecutor Bojang called Jally Senghore, a police officer, to testify. The witness told the court he lives in Banjul, and is attached to the Major Crime Unit. Senghore testified that on 10 February 2017, the accused was brought before him for interrogation at the unit.
He cautioned the accused and obtained his statements in the presence of one Fabakary Kinteh, an independent witness. He read the statements in Wollof to the accused, and the independent witness and accused person then signed the statements, which he too signed.
The statements were shown to the witness to identify, which he did. Prosecutor Bojang then applied to tender the documents, and the defense counsel did not object. The presiding magistrate consequently admitted the documents.
Under cross-examination, the witness said he had been a police officer for seven years, and was attached to the Major Crime Unit seven years ago.