Unprecedented Revelations in Murder Trial

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Unprecedented revelations were last week made at a magistrates’ court in Western Region of The Gambia as criminal proceedings continue in the case of a Nigerian lady on murder charges.

Kate Atori-West, a Nigerian of a Ghanaian mother, was arrested in July of 2006 on suspicion of killing her husband in their holiday home in the coastal village of Sanyang in Kombo South. Her husband, Mr. William West, was a 65-year old pensioner from Hastings in the UK.

In his testimony on the resumption of the case before Magistrate Edrisa Mbai on Thursday, Detective Cham, a prosecution witness, recalled that he was alongside others tasked with unraveling the mystery shrouding the disappearance of the late Mr. West. The investigation, recollected officer Cham, was launched in July of 2006 and by this time, Kate was under a lawful custody at the Divisional Police Headquarters of the Kanifing municipality.

According to Cham, during the investigations the investigators interrogated one Adora, who startlingly revealed that Kate Atori-West had tried to convince them to kill her husband by putting 2500 Pounds on offer.

“She subsequently paid the 2500 to Adora, one David, Favour and two other Nigerians. After the payment, they drove in a green car to Mr. West’s residence and whisked him away. Favour had informed Kate that her husband’s body was put in a black bag and left in bushes along a road in Sanyang. A statement was then obtained from Kate and officers despatched to take photographs of the murder scene,” adduced officer Cham.

He pointed out that the police was led to the scene by Kate herself and upon arrival, she identified the body in the bag as that of her husband’s.

The case resumes March 25th and 26th, respectively for continuation.

Author: By Abdoulie Nyockeh & Fatou Dibba
Source: The Point