By Amadou Jadama
One Bubacarr Dampha from Bansang was arraigned at the Bansang Magistrate’s Court charged with breaking the hand of Yerro Gagigo, the alkalo of Sare Sandebo village in the Central River Region.
Dampha, who also has American citizenship, was also accused of threatening to kill the alkalo with a knife.
Appearing before Principal Magistrate Omar Jabang, the accused denied the two charges of assault causing grievous bodily harm and threatening violence.
According to the charge sheet, Mr Dampha unlawfully assaulted the alkalo by kicking and hitting him with a helmet and in the process breaking his hand and injuring him on the head in the CRR village of Sare Sandebo on 20 May 2021.
He also threatened to kill the alkalo with a knife.
Police prosecutor Inspector Kemo Manneh applied for the court to order the accused to surrender all his travelling documents to the court since the victim is undergoing treatment and the accused is a flight risk.
The counsel for Mr Dampha however argued that his client has a family and valuable assets in this country and will not flee the jurisdiction.
The magistrate went ahead and granted him bail in the sum of D50,000 with one Gambian surety and ordered that the accused surrender his passport to the registrar of the court.