Essa Jarju, a 22 year old Senegalese national has been taken into custody by the police after he was accused of attempting to rape a lady in New Yundum, the Freedom Newspaper can reveal. Mr. Jarju, said the police criminal complaint was passing through a compound and notice that a window was open; he glimpsed through and saw a lady sleeping. Jarju, then scaled through the window and allegedly attempted to rape the 23 year old lady. He attempted to strangulate her on the neck. The lady fought back and escaped from the hands of her attacker.

The alleged rapist ran and escaped through the door. He carried along a dual sim mobile phone, marked ITEL belonging to his victim, police said. The alleged rapist then proceeded to another compound in New Yundum, where he used a similar mode of operation and entered through the back door that was half way opened.

Upon entering, he saw a lady believe to be in her 18th year, lying on a wooden armed chair and attempted to rape her as well. The lady upon realizing some abnormalities around her body, she screamed for help which forced the allege rapist to run again, police said. Upon arriving in the street, the rapist was spotted by a mob and he was chased, caught and escorted to the Police, the police complaint added.

After thoroughly going through the statements of the complainants, witnesses and the suspect, the police investigators at Yundum Station said they saw the peculiarities between the case at hand and the previous rape cases reported to the police by other complainants. 


Lamin village and Faji Kunda village. The suspect was confronted with the two incidents and intensively interrogated by the investigators.

As a result, Essa Jarjue confesses to the police that on the 26th May, 2017, in the early hours of 03:00hrs to 04:00hrs he attempted to rape a 32year old lady of Lamin village in the Kombo North. Though he was unsuccessful but manage to steal her two mobile phones.
The following day being the 27th day of May 2017, at about 02:00hrs, Essa Jarjue confirms of going to another compound in Lamin village and attempted to rape another young girl of age 19. Before the girl notice him, he succeeded in tearing her underwear apart.

As the girl notice him Essa strangles the girl on the neck and attempted to forcefully penetrate her which was unsuccessful, thus causing him to discharge on her thigh. The samples of the sperm cell were collected by the police and is undergoing through laboratory test by the police scientific support unit.

When further confronted by the police investigators, Essa Jarjue also acknowledges the fact that on the 29th May, 2017 as he was walking around in Lamin Village, he saw a window open in a particular compound. There too he peeped inside and saw a little girl sleeping, he scaled over the fence and enter the room through the window and forcefully had canal knowledge of an 8-year-old girl. He also stated that in order to prevent the little girl from screaming, he covered the girls mouth and nose with his hand leading to her untimely death.

He also admitted to be responsible for the death of a 7 months pregnant woman in Faji Kunda as a result of an attempted rape on her. According to Essa Jarjue, he found a door opened quarter way and he entered inside seeing a lady sleeping with her young child. He climbed on her and the lady noticed him, as a result he covered the lady’s mouth and nose leaving her unconscious. He turns the woman up front on her back to have canal knowledge of her, then he realized that she was pregnant, therefore, he could not do anything and decided to steal her mobile phones and vacate the house.

Even though it was reported last week that the seven months pregnant woman of Faji Kunda died of natural cause as indicated by medical reports, the police investigators remain suspicious considering the circumstances in which the lady was found. The police never relent in finding answers to numerous questions pose by the public for the police to establishing the facts leading to the death of the innocent lady, thus, further investigations revealing that she died as a result of strangling inflicted on her by her alleged killer.
Since, all his mode of operation are similar, coupled with his confession of committing the various crimes, Essa Jarjue, is charge with 2 counts of murder, 4 counts of attempted rape, and 4 counts of housebreaking and stealing, which are all contrary to the criminal code, cap 10, volume III of the laws of the Gambia.

Subsequently, the office of the Inspector General of Police returns gratitude to the general public for their vigilance and cooperation manifested during this search and previous searches conducted on clamping down crimes and criminals.

The office further encourages the general public to continue being vigilant and report any suspicious crime and criminal activities in their neighborhoods, as that is the only way to guarantee a crime free Gambia. 

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