Ya Binta Jarju: Absence of magistrate hinders driver’s trial from proceeding


By Kebba Jeffang Absence of the trial magistrate hinders the trial of Mustapha Njie, theBinta Jarju driver of the taxi vehicle in which Ya Binta Jarju was shot dead by members of a joint security forces on patrol in Manjai, from proceeding yesterday, Tuesday, 14 April, at the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court.It was disclosed that the trial magistrate, Patrick Gomez, is out of the jurisdiction. The case was consequently adjourned with the consent of both parties to Thursday, 16th April, 2015 at 2.30 pm. The prosecution has closed its case after calling six witnesses to testify, almost a fortnight ago. Those who testified were Sulayman Bah, the male friend who accompanied the late Ya Binta Jarju on that fateful night, Fulo Mbye, the Officer Commanding (OC) Serekunda Division, Lance corporal Abdoulie Badjie and Landing Jarju, both from the State Guards Battalion and Baba Leigh Jallow of the Police Intervention Unit (PIU), the three in the patrol team which released the shot that killed Ya Binta, and Corporal Momodou Sowe, a police investigator. Mr. Njie, the accused person, is facing trial on two counts i.e. ‘Disobedience to a lawful order,’ and ‘Rash and Negligent Act Causing Death’ and to which he pleaded not guilty. However, he had earlier pleaded guilty to two other charges namely ‘Unlicensed Driving’ and “Failing to stop when required” and was accordingly sentenced on count one to a fine of Four thousand Dalasi (D4,000) or in default to serve three years imprisonment and on count four One thousand Dalasi (D1,000) or in default to serve one year imprisonment.]]>