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Gambia:Briton Murderers go for Life imprisonment!

Ron Ford Killers to spend Rest of their lives behind bars-Court Rules!

“British Tourist Ron Ford was killed and buried in Kaberkel in Casamance, Sengal”

“It was clear from the prosecution witnesses testimonies that the accused persons are the ones that killed Ron Ford and it was also clear from the prosecution evidence after the murder the accused persons benefited from the money and other properties of the deceased.  The magistrate went on to add  “After weighing the evidence of the prosecution and that of the defense, the court believed the evidence of the prosecution witnesses. The evidence before the court had clearly shown that the prosecution has proven their case against the accused persons. Accordingly, the court found the accused persons guilty of the offence under which they were charged with and consequently sentenced to life imprisonment.”says Magistrate Buba Jawo

By Correspondent Famara Jammeh, Banjul.
Paid for and commissioned by the Freedom
Newspaper.

Two men accused five years ago of a murder of a Briton were today sentenced to life imprisonment by Magistrate Buba Jawo of  the Kanifing Magistrates’ court, the Freedom Newspaper can authoritatively report. Dawda Bojang and Kawsu Jarju were today sentenced to life imprisonment by Magistrate Buba Jawo for their murdering in cold blood of  Ron Ford, a British national who was a holidaymaker in The Gambia then. The British National who was murdered and buried outside the Gambian frontiers, was declared missing by his family in the United Kingdom. Scotland Yard Detective officers participated in the investigation of Mr.Ford’s murder, which led to the arrest of the two convicts. Initially, the accused persons denied having knowledge about Ford’s whereabouts, but following repeated questioning by the detectives, they supplied them information regarding the place where Ford was buried. It took several weeks before Ford’s remains were discovered by the investigators.

Delivering his judgment at his Wednesday sitting at Kanifing Magistrates’ Court, Magistrate Buba Jawo says, “The accused persons were charged with murder.” an offence which carries the death penalty. Magistrate Jawo cited  testimonies made by the prosecution witnesses and therefore ruled that prosecution had proven its case beyond all reasonable doubts. The trial magistrate rules that the accused persons were guilty of murdering the Briton national.

It could be recalled that on 27 May 2002, at Kerr Sering Village the accused conspired to murder Mr.Ron Ford and buried him at Kaberkel Village in the Casamance region of Senegal.  When the charge sheet was read to the accused persons, they both pleaded not guilty. Magistrate Jawo said for the prosecution to prove their case, it  had called 13 witnesses. He said the prosecution closed their case and the accused, Dawda Bojang opened his defense and called his witnesses, while the 2nd accused Kawsu Jarju also testified without a witness. Magistrate Jawo further stated that one of the seven prosecution witnesses testified that the accused persons had the intention to cause murder. He says, “According to the prosecution witnesses the 2nd accused shot Ron Ford with a gun and the 1st accused used a stick to knock him until the deceased finally died. They then buried him in Kaberkel in Casamance, Sengal.” He also added that one of the seven prosecution witnesses told the court that they were led to the scene in Kaberkel where the accused persons buried Ron Ford.

He says, “It was clear from the prosecution witnesses testimonies that the accused persons are the ones that killed Ron Ford and it was also clear from the prosecution evidence after the murder the accused persons benefited from the money and other properties of the deceased.  The magistrate went on to add  “After weighing the evidence of the prosecution and that of the defense, the court believed the evidence of the prosecution witnesses. The evidence before the court had clearly shown that the prosecution has proven their case against the accused persons. Accordingly, the court found the accused persons guilty of the offence under which they were charged with and consequently sentenced to life imprisonment.”

Magistrate Buab Jawo was at the Kanifing courts but later transferred to Brikama. He comes to continue his cases on Wednesdays as seen in the Briton murder case. Others are still waiting for other murder cases especially of William West a Briton allegedly killed by his wife, Kate Atori West in July 2006 at Sanyang.

The said trial, which ended today saw the testimonies of several witnesses including the former Director of Immigration Musa Mboob. Mr.Mboob during his first appearance before the court said he was part of the team that went to Kabekel to investigate the murder of Mr.Ford.

In his testimony, Mr Mboob told the court that he was part of the team that went to Kabekel to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of the late Mr Ford. Mboob said  the British Police made a list of the recovered remains of Mr Ford, adding that after the postmortem, the remains were taken to UK by the family of the deceased.

The two two convicts used to bumsters along the beaches of  Kombo Beach. Dawda widely known as David was a personal friend of the deceased. The unsuspecting Mr.Ford was lured into a long trip only to be attacked and murdered by his local tourist guide. His murder devasted his family in the UK and Gambia’s Tourism officials. Since his murder, Britons coming to the Gambia sought travel advise as to areas they should visit during their stay in this country.

Editors note: The picture of the far right is the new British Prime Minister. Thanks for your attention.

Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2007 (Archive on Friday, September 28, 2007)
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