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Alleged theft case progresses

Jul 19, 2013, 10:22 AM | Article By: Malamin L.M. Conteh

The criminal theft case involving one Clinton Equador continued recently at the Bundung Magistrates’ Court before Magistrate Ibrahim Kijera.

The case continued with the evidence of one Sheikh Ann, who told the court that he lives at Fagikunda, and was a mechanic.

Ann told the court he recognised the accused person and could recall what transpired between him and the accused person.

He explained that sometime in July 2013, he went to the park to buy parts, and he met one Mbye, whom he had bargained the price with.

“I told Mbye to go to my vehicle to pay his money. I opened the door of my vehicle and brought out a bag containing money to pay him. The accused also opened the door on the other side of the vehicle, and sat in the vehicle,” he said.

“While I was paying Mbye, there was a spring spare part in the vehicle, which the accused picked up and started talking to me. I told the accused to wait until I finished with Mbye,” he explained.

The witness told the court that he left the accused in the vehicle and went to collect the spare parts he bought from the shop.

“Upon my return to the vehicle, I had a call from one Muhammed who is a technician, while the accused was still in the vehicle,” he said, adding that after speaking with Muhammed, he opened the door of the vehicle and discovered that the bag containing his money was nowhere to be seen.

The accused was equally nowhere to be seen, and it was the reason he suspected that it was the accused who stole his money from the vehicle, because he was the only person he left on the vehicle, he added.

The case at that juncture was adjourned till a later date for cross-examination by the defence counsel.