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Published On: Mon, Oct 30th, 2023

PW1 testifies in Cross-Examination “Events Happened In Span of 16 Minutes”

Ismaila Bojang the State’s first Witness (PW1) in the case of state Vs Ousainou and Amie Bojang during his cross- examination testified that events following the shooting at the Sukuta-Jabang happened in a span of 16 minutes.

 Counsel Darboe during the cross-examination of PW1 asked him if he could recall at what time he returned back at the crime scene.

PW1 responded with yes and that it was around 9:28. Counsel Darboe then referred the witness back to his statement where he stated that a shot was fired at 12:12 which then followed a chain of events like following the gun man for over 400 meters and then back at the crime scene at 21:28.

Council Darboe put forward to the witness that the shot was fired at 21:12 and a chain of events occurred following the gunman for over 400 meters and then back at the crime scene, so all these events happened in that short span of 16 minutes. “ yes it is possible because we are soldiers and we are trained to run for a period of 8-900 meters in a period of 12 meters. The witness responded.  PW1 was discharged.

The alleged shooter Ousainou Bojang along with his Sister are facing 6 counts: Count One: Murder (in violation of Criminal Code section 187):The State alleged that on September 12, 2023 in Sukuta, West Coast Region of the Republic of The Gambia, Ousainou Bojang fired and killed Police Constable Sang J. Gomez with premeditation, thereby perpetrating murder. Count to two: (In violation of Section 187 of the Criminal Code) homicide: The State asserts that on September 12, 2023, at Sukuta in The Gambia’s West Coast Region, Ousainou Bojang shot Police Constable Pateh Jallow with premeditation, thereby committing murder. Count three:Prohibition of Terrorist Acts: (in violation of Section 3(1)(a) of the Anti-Terrorism Act):Ousainou Bojang is accused of assaulting Police Constables Pateh Jallow and Sang J. Gomez in Sukuta on September 12, 2023. This assault, which resulted in their fatalities and involved the use of a firearm, is regarded an act of terrorism. Count Four: Attempted Murder (in violation of Criminal Code section 200): Ousainou Bojang allegedly attempted to unlawfully cause the death of Police Constable Ansey Jawo on September 12, 2023 in Sukuta, West Coast Region, The Gambia, in violation of Section 200 of the Criminal Code. Count Five: Causing Grievous Bodily Harm (in contravention of Section 214 of the Criminal Code): Further, Ousainou Bojang is accused of unlawfully shooting Police Constable Ansey Jawo in Sukuta Kombo North on September 12, 2023, causing her grievous bodily injury in violation of Section 214 of the Criminal Code. Count six : Participant After the Fact in a Murder: (in violation of Criminal Code section 202):

The State alleges that on September 13, 2023, at Brufut Kombo South and other locations in The Gambia, Amie Bojang assisted Ousainou Bojang, who was known to have committed homicide, in evading punishment by fleeing the country. This is in violation of Section 202 of the Criminal Code. Which they all pleaded not guilty. It can be recalled that, on 12th September 2023, 3 PIU officers were shot around the Sukuta/Jabang Highway by an unknown shooter leaving Police Constable Pateh Jallow and Sang .J. Gomez dead while Ancy Jawo was left in a critical condition at the hospital receiving treatment.

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