Friday, December 2, 2011

Judge ‘Uncomfortable’ with Case of His Former Student Who ‘Murdered’ Mum


Justice Nkea

Justice Emmanuel Nkea of Special Criminal Court in Banjul yesterday recused himself from the murder case involving Omar Jammeh, a boy alleged to have deliberately set his biological mother on fire.
The tragic incident occurred in 2010 at Bundung Borehole when late Fatou Badjie’s house was set on fire allegedly by Omar Jammeh, who is said to claim that his mother was a witch. The rescue was late as Fatou Badjie died shortly after the incident at the hospital.
And Omar Jammeh is standing trial for murder and arson alongside his father, Ebrima Jammeh, but both pleaded not guilty.
When the case resumed yesterday, Justice Nkea told defense lawyer Lamin Camara that the prime suspect was his student at the law faculty of the University of The Gambia.
“I will not feel comfortable to convict this man,” he said, noting that Omar always smiles at him.
Nkea said he will transfer the case to another judge. The case will resumed when case file is transferred.

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