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Dr Saja Taal testifies in court

Apr 5, 2012, 1:13 PM | Article By: Isatou Senghore

Dr Alieu Badara Saja Taal, a senior lecturer at the University of the Gambia, yesterday testified at the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court in the case involving one Samba Bah, who was accused of burglary.

Dr Taal told the court that he lives at Fajara Golf Course and works as a senior lecturer at the University of The Gamba.

He said he recognized the accused, and that on 6 March 2012, at around 5am, he went to his sitting room and discovered that his flat screen TV, satellite receiver and DVD player had been removed from his house.

He added that he then went to his store and found that his pedal bicycle was also taken, and he suspected that the accused entered into his house, because he has been entering in his house several times.

Dr Taal further testified that he then reported the matter to the Kairaba Police Station, where he was escorted by police officers, who inspected the house.

He said upon his own investigation, he heard that the accused was arrested at the Manjai Police Station on a burglary case.

According to Dr Taal, he apprehended the accused in his first burglary at his house and that case was transferred to Serrekunda Police Station, where the accused later escaped.

He said he informed the Manjai Police Station that he was informed by the people at the Manjai that the suspect was at Bakoteh Football Field, where they saw him with a flat screen TV.

He said he went with two plain-clothes police officers and a friend, adding that the accused was subsequently picked up and taken to Manjai Police Station, and later transferred to Kairaba Police Station.

Dr Taal added that he confronted the accused, and he denied taking the said items.

He said he later made a statement to that effect.

Hearing was adjourned to 17 April 2012.

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