Accused quizzed in honest company theft case

Monday, March 05, 2012

The alleged theft case involving Alasana Krubally and Sarja Fatty proceeded recently at the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court.

The particulars of offence stated that the accused persons, between January and April 2011, being employees of Honest Company Ltd as sales manager and sales recorder, jointly fraudulently converted D341,800 into their own use, being proceeds of 114 white and desktops, and 91 LCD flat screen computers.

Asked by the second accused Sarja Fatty, as to his (first accused) role in the company, Krubally revealed that initially, he started as a volunteer, noting that between October and November 2010, he was appointed as a manager.

Apart from his appointment to managerial position he was not handling any other post, he said.

Asked by the co-accused as to how many computers he received from the 5th container, the first accused, Krubally, adduced that he received 352 CPU units and 250 LCD flat screens including both good and damaged ones.

Quizzed as to how many were good and damaged, the accused noted that 186 CPU units were good and the rest were all damaged, adding that for the flat screen, 150 were also good whilst the rest were damaged.

When further quizzed as to how many computers he gave out on credit, he indicated that he loaned out 19 sets including CPU, flat screen, monitor, keyboard and mouse.

Further asked as to how he knew that when it was not in record, the accused denied that it was on record, revealing that D45,000 was for the 10 sets of loaned computers whilst D27,000 was for the other six computers.

He further said the three other computers were loaned out on credit to one Nigerian, which, he added, coincided with his termination.

The first accused told the court that he sent an email to the second accused informing him that the three other computers were on trial.

At that juncture, the trial magistrate ordered for a printout  of the email to be brought before the court.

Asked about the cost of loan of each computer, the accused noted that each one cost D4,500.

Hearing was adjourned till 17 April 2012.

Author: Yusuf Ceesay