By Bruce Asemota
The criminal trial involving George Donald Richardson, a white Gambian-British man yesterday proceeded before Magistrate Anna Mendy of Brikama.
Richardson is arraigned, accused of willfully burning Mariama Tamba, a 20-month old baby, with a hot electric iron on her buttocks and legs in Kembujeh village near Brikama on 27th June, this year.
Testifying at the court yesterday, the station officer at the Brikama Police Station, DSP Gass Sabally, told the court that Richardson was brought to station by two detective police officers and she interviewed him in the presence of the victim’s mother, his wife and the detectives.
She told the court that during the interview, Richardson claimed the baby urinated in the house which upset him and he plugged an electric iron and pressed it on her buttocks and her two feet.
DSP Sabally revealed that she informed the accused person that what he did was totally wrong but he replied that he didn’t know the reason why he did it.
She said she then ordered that Richardson be charged with the offence of assault causing actual bodily harm and his cautionary and voluntary statements be obtained. The case continues on the 19th September, 2019.