Prosecutor Tenders Gambian Residential Permit, Gambia & UK Driver’s Licences of Late British Lady 


By Kemeseng Sanneh (Kexx)

Abdul Maita Yusuf, the Director of Public Prosecution on Tuesday, 2 July tendered several documents in the murder trial of Augustime Bangura, who is accused of murdering a British lady by hitting her with a hammer at his compound causing her death.

Inspector Landing Danso was the witness. He works at the Tujereng Police Station and he participated in the investigation leading to the arrest of the accused person. He testified that when they went to the residence of the accused person, they recovered certain items. These items were tendered in court and they were all admitted in evidence.

Inspector Danso testified that the investigative team he led found an amount of Eighty Thousand Dalasi (D80,000) in the house of the accused person together with a pistol under the pillow. 

He explained that the money was found in a plastic bag, while the pistol was found under the pillow on the bed. Asked whether he would be able to recognise the money, the witness affirmed that he would be able to recognize it, adding that the money was in D200 denomination and some were in D 100 denomination. 

The Director of Public Prosecutions A.M Yusuf applied to tender the money into the exhibit and without objection, the money was admitted and marked as P1

He further testified that they found a Gambia driver’s licence, and an allien card together with other personal documents belonging to the deceased in the premises of the accused person. Personal documents of the deceased recovered from tbe accused person were tendered and admitted in evidence. 

The Gambian alien card was marked as Exhibit P2, the Gambia driver’s licence was marked as Exhibit P3, the Gambian residential permit was marked as Exhibit P4, the UK driver’s licence was marked as Exhibit P5, Tesco club card was marked as Exhibit P6, her debit card was marked as Exhibit P7 and a card from Holland was marked as Exhibit P8.

A bunch of keys of the deceased recovered from the accused person were tendered and admitted in evidence. The keys were labelled by the deceased as office keys, garage keys and others. They were 20 keys with 7 key holders. They were admitted in evidence in a bundle and marked as Exhibit P9.

The witness further testified that during the search at the crime scene, they recovered a wooden spade and hammer and an African print bag which is known to belong to the deceased and with other items. 

He testified that the items were seen at the crime scene, a built house which is used as a garage or store where the spade, hammer and the African print bag with other listed materials that were found thrown inside the garage. 

He said after they concluded with the investigation, they went to the police station and the accused made a confessional statement and he also wrote his statement. 

Asked whether he would be able to recognize the statement or documents, he responded positively that he would recognize it through his details, phone number and signature. The witness confirmed that those were the statements taken from the accused. 

They applied to tender the witness statement and the court admitted it into evidence and marked it as exhibit P10

The case is adjourned till 8 July at 10 am.

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