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Burglar fined D100,000

Jan 24, 2014, 9:41 AM | Article By: Malamin L.M. Conteh

One Sarjo Faal was recently convicted and sentenced to a fine of D100,000, in default to serve 3-year imprisonment with hard labour.

His co-accused, Musa Camara, was acquitted and discharged for lack of evidence against him.

The case was presided over by Magistrate Ibrahim Kijera of the Bundung Magistrates’ Court.

Delivering his judgment, the trial magistrate adduced that the convict, Sarjo Faal, was charged with stealing a bag containing money, but denied the charged preferred against him.

The prosecution called four witnesses and the fourth witness happened to be the 2nd accused, Musa camara, he said.

Following the testimony of the 2nd accused and during the cross-examination, the 2nd accused was implicated by the convict, he said, adding that the 2nd accused was then jointly charged with the convict.

“Having gone through the evidence of both the prosecution and the defence, I hold that the prosecution has established that the said money was found in possession of the convict,” said the magistrate.

The convict himself admitted the fact, he added, citing the evidence of PW2, who said he saw the convict entering the house of the complainant and taking a bag.

It was also established that the convict was chased and apprehended and money was recovered in his trousers, he added.

He pointed out that the convict had not called any witness to corroborate his evidence that the 2nd accused was his partner in the crime.

The prosecution had not given evidence against the 2nd accused and he consequently acquitted and discharged him.

However, the 1st accused was convicted and sentenced accordingly.