Category Archives: Court

KZN commander arrests murder culprit

DURBAN: A KwaZulu-Natal police leader has been lauded for going beyond the call of duty and arresting a murder suspect. The culprit is scheduled to appear at Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court. The Thornville station commander, who was not named, was at his house at Emgodini area, Plessislaer on Saturday afternoon when a fight broke out between two people nearby. He went to intervene and he was approaching them, the suspect pulled a firearm and shot the victim on the stomach.

The victim (25) was taken to hospital where he later died of his injuries. The suspect was immediately arrested and was found in possession of a pistol suspected to be used in the killing of the victim. A licensed 9mm pistol was also recovered and will be sent for ballistic tests to establish if it was used in any other crimes in the province.

Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni, commended the station commander for immediately arresting the suspect. “The member was off duty and he made an effort to make an arrest. We willleave no stone unturned this festive season and those who commit crimes will face the law,” she said.

North West Local Government on Tlokwe and Ventersdorp merger

The recent judgement of the Constitutional Court to set aside the outcome of the by-elections held in 2013, does not in any way, affect the amalgamation of Tlokwe and Ventersdorp local municipalities. In terms of Section 25 of the Municipal Structures Act 117 of 1998, the municipality is to have fresh by-elections in 7 wards in Tlokwe within 90 days as the per the court judgement.

Acting MEC for Local Government and Human Settlements, Wendy Nelson said although the two processes (by-elections and amalgamation) are not related they will run parallel. She said immediately after the Municipal Demarcation Board made the pronouncement on the re-determination of municipal boundaries of Tlokwe and Ventersdorp local municipalities, technical and political committees comprising of representatives of all three levels of government were established to drive the amalgamation process.

“Whilst we welcome the Constitutional Court judgement, we would also like the residents of both Tlokwe and Ventersdorp local municipalities know that the by-election process will in no way stop the amalgamation process. The fact is, come the local government election next year, we will have one municipality that would have been made up of Tlokwe and Ventersdorp local municipalities,’’ she said.


Ben Bole

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US Visa Scandal Lands Man in Court

One Lamin Sanneh was yesterday, 2nd December 2015, arraigned before Presiding Magistrate Pa Modou Njie of the Bundung Magistrates’ Court charged with the offence of obtaining money from seven people for the purpose of securing a United State of America visa for them.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge prompting the prosecution led by Corporal 3466 Sawaneh to apply for an adjournment to enable him call his witnesses. Magistrate Njie granted the application and adjourned the case to the 16th December 2015 and admitted the accused to bail in the sum of D725, 000 with two Gambian sureties.

The particulars of the offence stated that the accused, Lamin Sanneh, sometime in 2014 in Brusubi in the Kombo North District of West Coast Region and in diverse places in the Republic of The Gambia, obtained money from the following persons: Lamin Sanneh, Alhagie Sambou, Ebrima Barrow, Musa Cham, Ismaila jatta, Seedou Jammeh and Boto Camara, with the pretext that he was going to secure an American Visa for them.

Police arrests father and son for posession of home-made guns

The Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court has on Thursday granted a R2 000 bail to Willem Nel Jnr who was arrested together with his father for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition in Hammanskraal, outside Pretoria.

His father, Willem Nel Snr (49), had his case provisionally withdrawn. When the Hawks together with the National Intervention Unit and the Inspectors of the Environmental Management raided the suspects’ house they found a .38 revolver, a 12 gage shotgun, three home-made 12 gage shotguns as well as 1124 live ammunition for various firearms.

The Environmental Management Inspectors, who have a pending case against Willem Nel Snr, also saved 81 different animals after Nel Snr failed to produce permits authorising him to have such animals in his yard.

The case against a 21-year-old Willen Nel Jnr was postponed to 20 January 2016 to allow for further police investigations.


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CJ calls on Magistrates to live up to expectation

The Chief Justice (CJ) of The Gambia has urged Magistrates to live up to expectation in the dispensation of justice in the country.

Justice Emmanuel O. Fagbenle was speaking on Monday evening at The Gambia Institute for Judiciary Training and Research at Mile 7, where Magistrates from Banjul, Kanifing Municipality and West Coast Region are undergoing training.

Organised by the Judiciary, the training is expected to expand the Magistrates’ knowledge on the Law of Evidence Act and Criminal Procedure Code among others.

Chief Justice Fagbenle emphasised that the Magistrates must make sure that the guilty does not escape and the innocent is not punished. These, he noted, are collective responsibilities, adding that the Magistrates are expected to apply the law and come up with credible judgments.

While assuring them of regular trainings, the Chief Justice reminded them of the oath they took to apply the law of The Gambia in good faith.

He assured that his door is always open for guidance and support, while encouraging them to keep learning from much experienced ones.