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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Yankuba’s murder trial continues

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By Bruce Asemota

Defence Counsel for the embattled former Junta member, Yankuba Touray, lawyer Abdoulie Sissoho yesterday continued cross examination of Ensa Mendy, 2nd prosecution witness in the ongoing trial involving the State and Yankuba Touray in connection to the death of Ousman Koro Ceesay, former finance minister in the erstwhile Jammeh regime.

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Responding to questions by Defence Counsel A. Sissoho, Ensa Mendy told the court that he received a call from the former junta member and was informed that there was a threat around the beach side and that he should inform the guard commanderto go on patrol.
The witness denied stating under oath that Mamie Minteh, the accused person’s wife went to her family compound in Banjul.

The witness explained that the very day, Yahya Jammeh travelled out of the country, he was asked to go on patrol and he left Mamie at the house.
The witness further explained that the following day Mamie went to Banjul and the maid was sent to the neighbour’s compound.

Ensa Mendy told the court that corporal Jargum who was his senior at the time went on patrol with his team, noting that he (the witness) went on a patrol with a different team.
Ensa Mendy pointed out that he never saw or communicated with corporal Jargum during the patrol but noted that the accused person communicated with him.
The witness told the court that after he observed that the house was wet and muddy, he never asked the accused person, his wife or his maid as to the cause of the purported wetness and muddiness.

Ensa Mendy however denied Defence Counsel Sissoho’s claim that his evidence in chief is completely different from the evidence in the TRRC transcript.
Meanwhile, the transcript of the oral evidence of Ensa Mendy before the TRRC was tendered in evidence.
Hearing continues on 12 December, 2019 at 9:00am.

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