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Bai Sankareh threatened to kill me — wife tells court

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By Amadou Jadama

Amie Baldeh, wife of Ousainou Bai Sankareh, yesterday told a magistrates’ court sitting in Brikama that her husband threatened to kill her.

Bai Sankareh is standing trial on a single count of assault.  He is accused of beating his wife with an iron rod. However, he denied any wrong doing.

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Testifying as first prosecution witness before principal magistrate Isatou Darboe, Madam Baldeh identified Bai Sankareh as her husband, being married for 9 years and living in Farato.

“On 13 January 2021, I had a misunderstanding with my co-wife about food. I asked her why she didn’t eat the food but she told me she was okay. We had a dispute and she called Bai Sankareh and told him what happened. I don’t know what else she told him. When he asked me what happened, before I could explain, he gripped my hand and took my mobile phone. He pushed me inside the room and started beating me with an iron rod. I told him you are killing me and he said to me: ‘I will kill you and go to Mile 2,” she told the court.

She continued: “He locked me inside while my child was in the cabin. My whole body was in pain and I had lacerations on my back.

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When I wanted to go out to seek medical attention, he threatened to kill me if I even touched the door. I was so afraid. The next day I went to Brikama Health Centre and they examined me. The doctors told me it was serious. They informed the gender unit of the police who came. I was then treated and issued a medical paper.”

The case continues on 2 April.

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