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Defence opens in burglary case

Mar 14, 2012, 12:04 PM | Article By: Adama K. Jallow

One Badou Sey, who was arraigned alongside two others for alleged burglary, recently opened his defence at the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court.

The trio are alleged to have broken a shop and stole therein the following: four flat screen computers, four laptops and two chairs.

According to his defence, Badou Sey told the court that during the time of the incident, he was sleeping at his uncle’s home till around 4:30 am.

He said he woke up and went to urinate and on his return, he met one Sulayman sitting at the veranda, whom he sent to buy cigarettes for him, adding that when Sulayman returned, he told him that he had seen something outside the compound.

He added that when they sighted the place, they found that the complainant’s shop was broken.

Sey further testified that Ismaila, one of the accused persons, asked him to take some of the items which they found in the complainant’s shop.

According to him, he replied to Ismaila that he would not involve himself in stealing someone’s property, adding that from there he went back to his home until midday when he and the other accused persons were arrested by some officers and taken to the police station.

Under cross-examination, when asked whether he had reported the matter to the police station, he replied in the negative.

The prosecutor put it to him that he was not telling the truth, but Sey maintained that he spoke the truth.

At that juncture, the cautionary and voluntary statements were tendered as exhibits.

When it was further put to him that he and his crew went to break the complainant’s shop and he was arrested by the complainant with two laptops and two flat screens, he denied this accusation, saying that nothing was found with him.

The case was then adjourned till 21 March 2012.