Prosecutor opposes bail for habitual offenders

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Sergeant 2303 Ousainou Touray on 15 May, 2019, opposed bail against one Muhammed Lemon and Malick Bayo before Magistrate Joof of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court. The duo were charged with conspiracy, burglary and stealing.

This followed the denial of the accused of the charges preferred against them. Prosecutor Touray then applied for an adjournment of the case to call his witnesses. He told the court that he was opposing bail to be granted to the accused. Further, he said the accused would jump bail if granted. They would also interfere with the prosecution witnesses and commit similar offences. He cited the case of Alpha Sambou and the state. He informed the court that the accused are habitual offenders.

He further stated that there are three criminal case files against the accused, noting that the second accused, Malick Bayo, has a pending case before Magistrate Sillah of the same court. He revealed that he was granted bail and jumped bail, further adding that he committed a similar offence while on bail. He urged the court not to grant them bail and remand them in custody.

Muhammed Lemon craved the indulgence of the court to grant them bail, saying that the charges were mere allegations. Malick Bayo, in applying for bail, told the court that he had not seen the three criminal case files mentioned by the prosecutor. He begged the court to grant him bail.

Magistrate Joof, however, denied them bail and remanded them at Mile 2 prisons.

Prosecutors alleged that the accused persons sometime this year at Kanifing Layout, in the Kanifing Municipality of the Republic of The Gambia, conspired among themselves with intent to commit a felony to wit: stealing.

It was also alleged that they broke into the house of one Mariama Tunkara around 4 a.m. with intent to steal.  Prosecutors further alleged that the accused persons stole one LG flat screen TV valued at D55,000, the property of Mariama Tunkara.

Sergeant 2303 Touray would parade his witnesses before the court on the 27th May, 2019, to tell the court how the alleged theft happened.

Author: Dawda Faye