TAXI DRIVER DENIES CAUSING DEATH OF WOMAN SHOT DEAD BY MILITARY

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Men of the Joint Security Task Force shot dead the young woman, after the taxi she was riding in failed to stop at a check-point in Manjai Kunda, Kanifing Municipality, about 11 pm on the night of Saturday March 7, resulting in a frantic car chase by pursuing officers.

The driver of the cab, Mustapha Njie, has now been slammed with a four count charge, including failure to stop when required; disobedience; rash driving causing death; and unlicensed driving.

Although he pleaded guilty to allegations of driving an unlicensed vehicle and failure to stop when required, he denied charges of disobedience and rash driving causing death.

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“He is a very young man and first-time offender,” his lawyer, Edward Gomez, informed the court, before the presiding magistrate, Patrick Gomez moved to set March 19 for sentencing on the charges that he admitted fault. 

However, Lawyer Gomez’s bail request for the taxi was objected by the prosecution and eventually denied by the magistrate, who said he did not find it reasonable to send back the accused to the community after he had already been convicted. 

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