Dec 20, 2013, 9:43 AM
A prosecution witness, Lamin Tabally, recently testified in the trial involving one Momodou Jallow, accused of theft before Magistrate Colley of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court.
Tabally told the court he is a police officer attached to Kanifing Police Station under the investigation unit.
He recognised the accused person, and recalled that on 20 September 2014 around 13:45 pm, he was on duty when the complainant, Jammil Musa of TK Motors, arrived at the charge office together with one Sulayman, a supervisor at Uncle Sam Security.
He lodged a complaint that the accused, who works as a guard and was assigned to TK Motors main store to facilitate security, was found removing the electrical wires on the wall and decided to burn them.
He said one Momodou Jaiteh, who is a security officer of the complainant, stopped the accused.
According to him, the supervisor, Fatty, went to the accused at his guard post and, in an interval, both the accused and Fatty arrived at the charge office.
The witness’s statement was obtained from the complainant, and the file was sent to their office for investigation, he said.
He added that he was assigned by Sergeant 1068 Colley to investigate the matter.
He interviewed the accused person about the allegation in the presence of an independent witness, Lamin Sanyang, before recording the voluntary and cautionary statements.
The wordings were read to the accused in the language he understood, he signed and the independent witness also signed.
His statements were recorded after the narration and he read back the words and translated them in Wollof to the accused, and he thumb-printed, the independent witness signed and he also signed.
The case was adjourned to 13 July 2015.