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Business woman testifies in theft case

Mar 25, 2011, 1:27 PM | Article By: Yusuf Ceesay

The trial of Ebrima Jatta and Jainaba Sanneh, who were charged with theft, proceeded recently at the Kanifing Magistrates' Court presided over by Magistrate Tabally with the testimony of one Anita Conteh, a businesswoman.

Testifying for the prosecution, Anita Conteh told the court that she resides at Kotu, and that she is a businesswoman, adding that she knows the accused persons.

She told the court that, on January 2011, her husband travelled to the United States of America and handed all his keys to the first accused, Ebrima Jatta.

"My husband told me to be going to the shop and check on the business," she told the court, adding that the second accused was the cleaner, and that she goes to the shop three times in the week.

"I advised the first accused to be careful with his friends coming into the shop," the businesswoman told the court.

She said that her husband sells mini laptops, digital cameras, mobile phones in the shop which he left with the first accused.

The witness said that, on the following day, when she was about to leave, the first accused approached her and explained that three mobile phones were missing.

"I told him that he is responsible, because all the keys are with him," she said, adding that during the process of investigating, "it was discovered that a digital camera was also missing."

She testified that the first accused told her that he suspected the second accused.

"I later call both of them, and the second accused told me that she knows nothing about the said missing items," the witness stated.

"I later called my husband, and explained to him what had transpired," the witness added.  She further testified that, when her husband came back from the US, he confronted the first accused and no reasonable answer was given, and the matter was reported to the police and her statement was recorded at the station.

Police prosecutor, 2118 Gomez, applied to tender the empty boxes of items missing in evidence as an exhibit, and the application was granted.

Hearing continues.