The Gambia’s justice department in Banjul has dismissed junior State Counsel Sheriff Kumba Jobe after he lost a rape case at the Brikama Magistrate court, according to judicial sources.
The Judicial Secretary of the West African nation confirmed the sacking of Mr. Jobe but declined to make further comments citing professional restrictions.
State Attorney Jobe was the prosecuting officer in the case a young man who was indicted for rape and sexually related offense at a lower court in Brikama, the regional capital of West Coast Region, some 21 miles southeast of Banjul.
Magistrate Hilary Abeke of the Brikama Magistrate Court acquitted and discharged the accused, Baboucarr Bah due to lack of evidence by the state.
A criminal complaint filed in court cited that Bah kidnapped and sexually assault a minor and put on trial for attempted rape, unlawful detention, kidnapping and abduction and sexual exploitation of a child. He denied the allegations from the onset of the trial.
The case had been on for two years, according to the justice department that blamed the prosecutor for failing to supply the state with the necessary evidence to secure a conviction.
The age of consent in The Gambia is 18 and sex with anyone below this age may result in prosecution for statutory rape and if coercive can have a minimum sentence of 15 years to a maximum of life in prison.