Police detective testifies in theft case

Monday, October 02, 2017

(Friday, 29th September 2017 Issue)

Corporal 4255 Saikou Sanneh of Brikama Suba Ward Police Station recently testified as the fourth and last prosecution witness in the criminal trial of Sheihk Tijan Darboe, who has been charged on two counts of house-breaking and stealing.

The prosecution alleged that the accused person on 5 March 2017 at Brikama Jamisa allegedly broke and entered into the house of one Bakary Njie and stole following items: suitcase containing clothes, valued at D25, 000; one Digital camera, valued at D10, 000; and one Satellite receiver, valued at D3, 700, with a total value of D38, 000.

Testifying before Magistrate Omar Cham of the Brikama Magistrates’ Court, Cpl. Saikou Sanneh recalled that on 5 March 2017, whilst he was on duty at Suba Ward Police Station, a complaint of house-breaking and theft was lodged at the station.

The witness revealed that it was then he left the charge office with the Station Officer, ASP Manneh, to visit the crime scene and upon arrival he took some photographs and then proceeded to the suspect’s grandmother’s domicile.

The witness further revealed that upon arrival at the suspect grandmother’s house, they found a black suitcase, containing clothes and a pair of shoe and some photographs were also taken.

The witness said they left for the station with the items and on 7 March 2017, the suspect was arrested with the help of one Alagie Bojang (PW3) at Nema Ward in Brikama town.

He further testified that the suspect was escorted to the station, where his cautionary statements were obtained in the presence of an independent witness.

The cautionary and voluntary statements were then tendered and admitted in evidence and marked as exhibits.

Responding to questions posed by the accused during cross- examination, the witness told the court that the purported suitcase found in his grandmother’s domicile was recovered in his absence.

The witness further told the court that when the suspect was arrested in Brikama Nema Ward nothing was found on him.

Hearing continues on 5 October 2017, for his defence.

Author: Bruce Asemota