Mr King’s case was transferred to the high court after he denied a charge of arson when arraigned last Wednesday afternoon at the Banjul Magistrates Court. He is accused of stealing and burning ten laptops and a projector valued at D395,000 being the property of WAAP in February this year. He pleaded not guilty and told the court: “I did not agree to the charge because I did not set fire on the laptops. The act was done by one Pa Touray.”
After denying the allegation, the prosecutor, Sergeant Saidykhan, applied for the case to be transferred to the high court. “We want the case to be transferred to the high court because the magistrate court lacks the jurisdiction to try this matter. The offence is felony,” he said.
Magistrate Jackline Hakim granted the application and ordered that Mr King be remanded in custody pending his appearance at the high court.]]>