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Accused cross-examined in alleged theft case

Jan 31, 2014, 9:58 AM | Article By: Malamin L.M. Conteh

One Modou Joof, who was facing one count of theft, was recently cross-examined at the Bundung Magistrates’ Court before Magistrate Ibrahim Kijera.

The accused, under cross-examination, told the court that on the day in question he was going to work, and entered the complainant’s shop while the complainant was sleeping.

He said he knocked at the counter so that the complainant could wake up because he was in need of a cigarette.

The accused denied entering the shop with the intention of stealing, adding that he entered the said shop through the main entrance, and he was about to take a taxi because he was in a hurry.

Asked by the prosecutor which door did the complainant shut while he, the accused, was inside the shop. In response, the accused said the complainant shut the main entrance, while he, the accused, was inside the shop, and the complainant shouted “thief”.

The people turned out in large numbers and he was seriously beaten, he stated.

He revealed that he was beaten before taken to the police station, adding that when the complainant was giving his statement, he stated that he saw him where the seller used to stand, and the cash and the mobile were found on him, which he denied since at the police station.

The people who came to the scene in support of the complainant conducted search on him but they found nothing on him, he narrated, adding that he did not have any witness to call as he was going to work, because he was a carpenter by profession.

The case continues.