A Norwegian tourist on Thursday denied allegations of sexually abusing five underage children when arraigned at Bundung Magistrates’ Court presided over by Christiana Johnson Lyon.
Mr Svien Age Sandaker was however granted bail in the sum of D50, 000, with two Gambian sureties with landed properties within the Greater Banjul Area. The court also ordered for his travel documents be seized.
Mr Sandaker is charged with four counts of sexual abuse of underage children, indecent photograph of underage children, sexual exploitation of underage children and indecent assault of underage children. He pleaded not guilty.He was arrested in December last year at his residence in Brufut where he allegedly lodged the children between the ages 3 to 10. His arrest came following a tip off provided to The Gambian police by Norwegian police. He was at one time convicted in Norway for child abuse, police had said.
Police said Mr Svien took photographs of his abusive conduct on the children and stored them in electronic mass storage devices, which they recovered from him.
The case resumes Thursday March 24.