By Bruce Asemota

After two years of trial, Justice Ebrima Jaiteh of the High Court in Banjul has convicted and sentenced Yankuba Touray to death for the murder of Ousman Koro Ceesay.

Yankuba was stading trial for participating in the murder of Ousman Koro Ceesay, a cabinet minister in June 1995 in which a pestle-like object was used in beating him to death at his residence in Kerr Serign.


The prosecution called nine witnesses and tendered several exhibits to prove its case against Touray. The accused called his sister-in- law, Awa Minteh, his wife, Mamie Minteh and himself to defend against the allegations of his involvement in the death of Ousman Koro Ceesay.

Delivering his judgment yesterday afternoon in a crowded Courtroom , Justice Jaiteh said: “Having found the convict Yankuba Touray guilty of murder of Ousman Koro Ceesay in cold blood and having considering that this honourable court does not have any discretion under the section 188 of the Criminal Code, Cap 10:01, Volume 3, laws of The Gambia. The Convict Yankuba Touray is sentenced to death and pursuant to section 250 of the Criminal Procedure Code, Cap 11:01, Volume 3, Laws of The Gambia, the said sentence shall be by hanging.”

The full judgment will be published in our subsequent editions.