12 November 2012

Gambia: Man Docked for Stealing

One Amadou Badjie, a resident of Kunkujang was on Tuesday arraigned before the Bundung Magistrates' Court presided over by Magistrate Landing M. Sanneh. The accused person, Amadou Badjie is charged with the offence of theft contrary to Section 252 of the Criminal Code Cap 10 Volume III, Laws of the Republic of The Gambia 2009.

The particulars of offence stated that on or about the 28th October 2012 at Kunkujang in the Kombo North District of the West Coast Region, the accused stole a mobile phone marked L.G black colour, being the property of one Rugiatou Jallow, thereby committed an offence.When the facts of the case was read to the accused person, he pleaded not guilty.

At that juncture, the prosecution called its first prosecution witness (PW1) to open its case. According to PW1, Rugiatou Jallow, a resident of Kunkujang and a French student in Senegal,admitted recognising the accused. She revealed that on the said date of the incident, she was seated at a junction around her neighborhood with friends when suddenly the accused person was passingby riding his bicycle.

She said: "I saw a mobile phone with him when asked him about and I requested to see the mobile phone, he scolded and insulted me. At that point I told him that the mobile he was holding is mine. Soon afterwards my family members rushed to the scene and we escorted the accused person to the Kunkujang Police Station where he was charged."

The accused was subsequently granted bail in the sum of D2,500 with one Gambian surety. 1st class K. Ndow stood for the IGP.

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