By Fatou Sillah
The Anti-Crime Unit of the Gambia Police Force has arrested a man accused of assaulting his wife with a cutlass, inflicting severe injuries to her legs. The incident occurred on Wednesday in Jalanbang, a village in the West Coast Region of the Gambia.
According to a police statement, the Anti-Crime Unit swiftly responded to a distress call and apprehended the suspect, Gorgi Sowe, who was attempting to flee the scene. Upon arrival, officers discovered the victim, Sowe’s wife, lying in critical condition with multiple deep lacerations on both legs.
“The Anti-Crime Unit swiftly responded to a distress call in Jalanbang on Wednesday 15 November, leading to the arrest of a husband accused of assaulting his wife with a cutlass, inflicting severe injuries to her legs. The unit’s prompt arrival at the scene facilitated the arrest of Gorgi Sowe, who was attempting to flee. Upon the team’s arrival, they discovered the victim, the man’s wife, lying in a critical condition, having sustained multiple severe lacerations to both legs,” the statement said.
The victim was rushed to Brikama Hospital for immediate medical attention and subsequently transferred to Ndemban Clinic, where she remains under observation and receives further treatment. The alleged weapon, a cutlass, was recovered from the suspect’s residence along with his bed and clothing.
“The victim received immediate medical attention and was initially rushed to Brikama Hospital. Subsequently, she was transferred to Ndemban Clinic, where she remains admitted for further medical treatment and care. During the arrest, the suspect was found in possession of the alleged weapon, a cutlass, which was recovered from his residence, along with his bed and clothing,” the statement reveals.
The case has been mentioned in the Brikama Magistrates Court and is being transferred to the High Court for legal proceedings.
“The case has already been mentioned at Brikama Magistrate’s Court and is being transferred to the High Court for legal proceedings. This distressing incident underscores the importance of using peaceful and lawful means to resolve conflicts. The public is strongly urged to seek non-violent resolutions to disputes,” the statement reads