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Alleged burglars arraigned

Aug 9, 2010, 1:20 PM | Article By: Yusuf Ceesay

Musa Jallow and Abdoulie Mboge were recently arraigned before Principal Magistrate Drammeh of the Kanifing Magistrates' Court charged with office breaking and stealing. Both pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Meanwhile, the first accused person, Musa Jallow was also alleged to be in possession of suspected stolen properties, that include three speakers, two deck players, and a piano suspected to be unlawfully obtained.

In his testimony, Outass Hamad Dam Drammeh, the first prosecution witness, told the court that he is a teacher at Omar Bun Hatab Islamic School.

He added that he recognised the first accused person, and could remember what happened in the month of May 2010.

According to Oustass Drammeh, he reported to work on that day, when he found the windows of the school office opened.

He looked through the window, and found that two sets of computers, a flat screen monitor, two printers, a monitor, a five-litre gas bottle and a packet of chalk were missing.

"I called my colleagues, who discovered that the items were stolen," he noted. He added that he reported the matter to the Serrekunda police where they gave him a police escort and, on arrival at the scene, pictures were taken and his statement was also recorded.

He stated that he also went to report the matter to the CID office, who promised him that they would inform him whenever suspects are caught.

Subsequently, PW1 said, the CID called and said they have recovered some items, and asked him to report to their office. He revealed that he was shown the items, which he was able to recognise, and that his statement was recorded to that effect.

The two sets of computer flat screen monitors, two printers, a monitor and a five-litre gas bottle were later tendered in court as exhibits.

Meanwhile, police prosecutor ASP Sanneh was opposed to the accused being granted bailed. He submitted that the accused persons are habitual offenders, especially the second accused person.

He added that further investigation was ongoing, noting that if granted bail the accused could commit other offences.

He reminded the court that the second accused, Abdoulie Mboge, was on 11th February 2010 convicted before the court.

The trial magistrate granted the application, and the case was subsequently adjourned to 12th of August 2010 for continuation. 

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