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Monday, September 21, 2020

GT Bank robbery suspect asks for time to get lawyer

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Alfusainey Jatta asked the judge to give him a period of one month. He earlier told the court that he needed the help of the Legal Aid Agency to represent him in the trial but the judge told him: “If you want a lawyer, get it yourself.”

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The deputy chief prosecutor did not object to Mr Jatta’s request but rather told the court to give the accused more time in the interest of justice. Lamin Camara who is representing the first accused, Ansumana Jarju did not also object.

The two men are on trial at the high court on two counts of conspiracy to commit felony and robbery.

They are accused of robbing Guaranty Trust Bank of D410,120 while armed with a gun on September 5. The two were first arraigned at the Kanifing Magistrates Court before Magistrate Tabally but the case was transferred to the high court after the chief prosecutor Saleh Barkun applied to the court to transfer the case to the special criminal division of the high court which has the jurisdiction to preside over cases attracting the death penalty.

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