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Published On: Tue, Apr 23rd, 2024

Yugo Sowe Pleads Not Guilty To Five Counts 

Earlier today at the High Court, before presiding Judge Justice Jaiteh the accused Yugo Sowe pleaded not guilty to all five counts against him.

The counts were read to Yugo by Justice Jaiteh and translated in Wolof language which was the language he (Yugo) chose. The charges before him are attempted murder, assault causing grievous bodily harm, intentional harm, wounding and domestic violence.

Counsel A. Gibba for the state informed the court that they have amended their bill of indictment which defense Counsel O. Susso from the National Agency for Legal Aid (NALA) appearing for the accused (Yugo Sowe)acknowledge receipt of the amended bill of indictment.

Counsel Susso informed the court that they have observations regarding charge five where it is indicated that other part of her body to that Counsel Susso highlighted that the state has to be clear in their indictment.

In his reply counsel A. Gibba said there’s nothing ambiguous in the indictment and once their witness appears to testify he will explain which part of the body.

Counsel A. Gibba applied for the case to be adjourned to a shorter day to enable them to bring their witness and to that defense counsel O. Susso didn’t object.

The court was adjourned with these multiple dates 11th May, 2024 at 11:30, 13th May, 2024 at 12:00, 20th May, 2024 at 12:00, 21st May, 2024 at 12:00, 27th May, 2024 at 11:00, 28th May 2024 at 11:00, 3rd June, 2024 at 11:00, 04th June, 2024 at 11:00, 10th June, 2024 at 10:00 and 11th June at 10:00 for hearing of the prosecution case.

On the charge of attempted murder, that you Gorgi Sowe (Yugo Sowe) tried to cause the death of your wife (name withheld) on 16 November 2023 in Brikama-Jalambang by hacking her with a cutlass, resulting in fatal injuries to her legs, arms, and other body parts, hereby commit an offence.

On the grievous bodily harm charge, that you had harmed your wife on the same day and place by cutting her with a cutlass on various parts of her body.

On the charge three (3) Intentional harm, that you attempted to disfigure and disable your wife through using cutlass leading to fatal injuries on her body, hereby commit an offence.

On the charge of Wounding, that you unlawfully inflicted wounds on your cutting her with a cutlass on 16 November 2023, hereby commit an offence.

On the final count, Domestic Violence, that you domestically violating his wife by hacking her with a cutlass, causing grievous harm.

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