May 20, 2010, 2:42 PM
Magistrate Jobarteh of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court Wednesday acquitted and discharged one Kissama Conteh and his family of all the charges preferred against them.
Kissama Conteh, his wife, Ramatoulie Jatta, and their son, Suwaibou Conteh, were charged with storebreaking and stealing.
Delivering the judgement, Magistrate Jobarteh told the court that the prosecution had woefully failed to make their case against the accused persons.
He said the prosecution did not adduce any evidence to the court that would warrant them a conviction.
Magistrate Jobarteh further stated that there was material contradiction between the evidence of PW1 and PW2, adding that he did not find any evidence in the prosecution case.
The magistrate added that the watchman who alleged that he suspected the accused persons was not called to give evidence and Sgt Colley, who visited the scene, did not give evidence before the court.
Magistrate Jorbarteh disclosed that the items listed in the charge sheet and what was brought before the court was totally different.
He consequently acquitted and discharged them accordingly.
It was alleged on count one that Kissama Conteh, Ramatoulie Jatta and Suwaibou Conteh on 28 March 2012, at Kairaba Avenue, in the Kanifing Municipality, broke into the store of one Neeraj Sharma with intent to commit a felony, therein to wit stealing.
Count two alleged that they stole therein different items worth D32,960.