5 February 2013

Gambia: Accused Opens Defence in Theft Case

One Salieu Touray, a resident of Bundung Borehole in the Kanifing Municipality, on Monday opened his defence in the ongoing criminal trial involving the state against him at the Bundung Magistrates' Court, presided over by Magistrate Landing M. Sanneh.

The accused, Salieu Touray is charged with one count of stealing.

The particulars of the offence revealed that on the 22nd December 2012 at Bundung Borehole in the Kanifing Municipality, the accused person stole one radio CD player, valued at D2, 000 from the house of one Fatou Jobarteh, thereby committed an offence.

In his testimony, the accused person told the court that he lives in Bundung; that one of his friends came to his compound at night with a CD player and told him to hold it for him and that he was coming back very soon. The CD player, he said had been in his house for almost two years.

According to him, one day, one of his boys came to the compound and told him that his son passed away. He said the boy looked at the CD player and said he recognised it, that it belongs to his mother.

The accused said the boy later reported the matter to the Bundung Police Station, where they both gave their statements, and he was charged with the offence of theft.

The case was adjourned to 11th February 2013 for the accused to bring his witness.

Cpl 3533 Jarju stood for the IGP.

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