Yankuba Touray Asks Supreme Court to set him Free


Kemeseng Sanneh (Kexx)

Yankuba Touray appeared today before a 5-member panel of Judges of the Supreme Court asking them to overturn the decision of the Court of Appeal which upheld the decision of the High Court Judgment delivered by Justice Ebrima Jaiteh 

On his ground of appeal, Yankuba Touray indicates that the Lower Court failed to properly evaluate the evidence adduced by the prosecution before arriving at a decision and he wants the Supreme to overthrow the decision of the Court of Appeal and free him.

It could be recalled that Yankuba Touray appealed against the High Court’s decision which found him

guilty and sentenced him to death by hanging for the murder of former Finance Minister, Ousman Koro Ceesay.

Yankuba Touray appealed against the Judgment delivered by Justice Ebrima Jaiteh on the 14th of July, 2022 which convicted him of murder by sentencing him to death.

He filed an appeal before a three-member panel of the Appellate Court asking justices to overturn the High Court’s decision.

In his brief argument for the adoption, Counsel for the appellant (Yankuba Touray), A. Sissoho, urged the Court to set aside the High Court’s judgment against his client, discharge and acquit him.

Meanwhile, the Counsel for the Respondent (The State), Senior State Counsel M.B. Sowe, informed the Court that the High Court’s judgment was based on sound legal principles and supported by evidence and further urged the Court to dismiss the application filed by Yankuba Touray.

Following the submission of the brief of augments, and adoption, the President of the Court of Appeal of the Gambia, Justice Na Ceesay Salla-Wadda, adopted their briefs and scheduled the Judgment on the case for 13th December 2022. Justice Na Ceesay Sallah-Wadda later dismissed the appeal filed by Touray and upheld the decision delivered by Justice Ebrima Jaiteh.

Today, Yankuba Touray appeared before the Supreme and appealed against the decision of the subordinate Courts. The case was mentioned and adjourned.