Police attackers pay the price
By Cadet Inspt. Alieu Jamanka
The Bansang Magistrates court, presided over by senior magistrate Adama Sillah, has served justice to the police, in a landmark case, in which some villagers of Murtabeh in the lower Fulladou district of CRR south, were convicted to various jail terms, in default to options of fines, for physically attacking and inflicting injuries and damages to members and properties of The Gambia Police Force, attached to Fullabantang Police station and YBK PIU installation, respectively. The accused persons, who resisted arrest, were said to be involved in a fracas with another party, in a football field, where they jointly assaulted their opponents, who in turned reported the matter to Fullabantang police station for further police action.
However, when officers of the said station went to effect arrest on the accused, they both resisted and took the law into their hands; by stoning the police men and assaulting them, inflicting serious injuries on them as well. A reinforcement of personnel of the PIU from YBK were called, who arrived the village, minutes later, they also suffered similar ordeal and their vehicle’s windscreen, smashed by the violent villagers who later went into hiding.
A massive manhunt was launched and all the accused were arrested and subsequently arraigned before the court. They all pleaded guilty on all the charges and were convicted each to substantial amount of money, in default to lengthy jail terms and compensations to all the police officers, who suffered injuries in the incident in default, to another jail term of nine months each. They were also ordered to jointly pay thirty nine thousand dalasi for the damage of the YBK PIU pick up, failure of which, they will spend two years behind bars.
The accused persons are all residents of Murtabeh village in the lower fulladou district of CRR and their names are;  Sulayman Jallow, Alieu Jawo,  Assan Jamanka, Momodou Baldeh,  Momodou Kumbanding,  Hamadi Baldeh,  Karro Nyang,  Alhagie Modou Sam,  Sorry Sam,  Karro Sam, Abdourahman Camara,  Buba Sam,  Amadou Sam,  Samba Jamanka,  Musa Jallow and  Gibi Nyim.