May 21, 2010, 11:59 AM
The prosecution’s third witness (PW3), Sheriff Manneh, recently testified in a mobile theft case involving one Ebrima Ceesay at the Brikama Magistrates’ Court before Magistrate Fredrick Foster.
Manneh told the court he was charging his phone in his house, while he was in the bedroom resting, when he suddenly he heard a noise in the sitting room
PW3 further adduced that he though it was his kids, but when he called the names of one of his kids, there was no response, adding that he then rushed into the sitting room, but he could not find his mobile, which he was charging.
He said the mobile was removed from the socket by the accused person.
Still testifying, Manneh said: “I rushed outside of my room and I spotted the accused person running towards the gate. I then chased him and he threw the mobile.”
He said that with the assistance of some boys, he was caught and a search was conducted on him, but nothing was found on him.
However, he added, the accused confessed that he stole the mobile, but during the chasing process, he threw it so that the people chasing him would stop chasing him.
He added that he escorted the accused person to where he threw the mobile phone, and the accused picked up the mobile at that place and attempted to give it to him.
“I refused to take the mobile and I told him that we must go to the police station,” Manneh explained.
“I personally escorted him to the police station and handed him over to the police and I gave a statement,” he said.
He recognised both the statement and the mobile phone, which were admitted and marked as exhibits.
The case continues.