Painter testifies in alleged theft case

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The first prosecution witness, Momodou Jassey of Sanchaba, who works as a painter recently testified in the trial involving Lamin Jarju and Malick Gagigo, who were accused of stealing before Magistrate Thomasi of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court.

Jassey told the court that he recognized the accused persons, recalling that on 3 November 2017, he went for Friday prayers in a masjid at Kololi.

He said before left for the mosque, he locked his compound gate with a padlock as it was the only way to get into the compound because the compound was fenced.

According to him, as he was on his way from prayers, he got into one of his neighbours compound where there is a storey building and as he was painting, he heard a noise from his compound.

He said he rushed to the top of the storey building to see what was happening and he saw the 2nd accused person, adding that as he turned the other way, he also saw the 1st accused person standing so that he could drive the chickens out.

He explained that was the time he rushed down and told the tile layer who was then working in the house to help him apprehend the accused persons, adding that as the 2nd accused scale the fence and he was apprehended.

He said the 1st accused was also apprehended by others, adding that the accused persons were then taken to Sanchaba Police Station where his statement was obtained.

The case was adjourned until 5 December.


Author: Isatou Senghore-Njie