Magistrate John Njie of the Brikama Magistrates Court recently gave two weeks ultimate to the police prosecutor in the trial involving the Kombo East UDP candidate to bring his witnesses to court or else the case would be struck out.
Magistrate Njie gave this ultimatum in response to a plea made by the UDP candidate for Kombo East, Mr. Lamin R. Darboe, who expressed dissatisfaction over the delay in his case. Mr. Darboe alleged that the police prosecutor, Corporal 413 Sanyang has been responsible for the cause of the delay in his case, charging that he believed the delay is a deliberate plot to prejudice his chances in the case.
Mr. Darboe further told the court that it was in May 2006 that Cpl. 413 Sanyang approached him at the Brikama Car Park, telling him that he was under arrest for repeatedly failing to appear in court. He said that he there and then responded that he objected to the arrest.
He urged the magistrate to make a decision on the case in order for him to know his fate. “I have been coming to court on every adjournment but the case is always adjourned at the instance of the police prosecutor.”
Responding to Mr. Darboe’s statement, Magistrate Njie assured the court that the case would proceed as soon as possible, declaring that he gave two week ultimatum to the police prosecutor to produce his witnesses in court.
Messrs. Lamin R. Darboe, Buba Darboe, Kassa Jatta, Jerreh Fatty and Mrs. Maimuna Jobarteh have all been standing trial for assault.