Magistrate Isatou Janneh of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court on 1 October 2015, convicted one Abdou Boye and sentenced him to a fine of D3,000 in default to serve six months in prison, for stealing a motorbike, following his plea of guilt.
Police prosecutor Sergeant 544 Jaiteh presented a bill of indictment before the court which stated that Abdou Boye and Assan Dondeh, on 20 September 2015 at Bakoteh in the Kanifing Municipality, stole a motorbike of mark Honda and registration number BJL 0915K, valued at D30,000, the property of one Michael Sambou, and thereby committed an offence.
However, when the charge sheet was read to the accused persons, it was only Abdou Boye who accepted responsibility; Assan Dondeh denied the allegation.
Moreover, Abdou Boye told the court that Assan Dondeh had nothing to do with the theft.
According to the facts narrated by Sergeant 544 Jaiteh, following the plea of guilty by Abdou Boye, on 20 September 2015, Micheal Sambou parked his motorbike outside a church at Bakoteh while he was praying.
Abdou Boye then stole the motorbike, and asked Assan Dondeh to help him push it.
While they were pushing the motorbike, Micheal Sambou’s friend intercepted them and took them to Bakoteh Police Station.
The motorbike was then entrusted to Micheal Sambou, and the accused persons were cautioned and charged.
After Abdou Boye was convicted and sentenced by Magistrate Janneh, Sergeant 544 Jaiteh told the court that he was withdrawing the charge against Assan Dondeh, since Abdou Boye had told the court that Assan Dondeh had nothing to do with the theft.
The magistrate granted the application to withdraw the charge against Assan Dondeh, and discharged him.
Assan Dondeh then left the court a free man.