Female lawyers represent Tabara Samba

Friday, July 6, 2007

Tabara Samba, the woman currently standing trial for allegedly killing her husband Ebima Nyan, by pouring hot boiling oil on him while sleeping in Old Jeshwang, has finally secured the services of two female lawyers, namely Amie Joof-Conteh and Ms Farage.

When the case was called yesterday before Magistrate Pa Harry Jammeh of the Kanifing Magistrates’ court, Lawyer Amie Joof-Conteh announced her representation for the accused together with Ms Loupna Farage at no cost.

Mrs. Joof-Conteh then applied for the trial to start fresh despite the fact that evidence has already started. “In the interest of fair justice, I submit that the accused be given a fair trial and the matter to be dealt with expeditiously”, she said.

According to her, the charges against the accused are serious offences not withstanding the fact that she is innocent until proven guilty.

She informed the court that there are also two other female lawyers who will be representing the accused (Tabara) free of charge.

But the Police prosecutor, Chief Superintendant Burama Dibba in his response, urged the court to refuse the application for the trial to start afresh. According to him, this is because the same magistrate is still presiding over the case despite the fact that the accused has secured new lawyers. “For a lawyer to withdraw would not tantamount to amiscarriage of justice”, he said.

In view of the applications, Pa Harry Jammeh, the presiding magistrate, adjourned the trial to the July, 13th 2007 for ruling.

It could be recalled both Lawyer Momodou Musa Drammeh and Badou Conteh withdrew their representations for Tabara Samba some time ago.

Author: Written by Lamin Njie
Source: The Daily Observer Newspaper