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FIB Bank break-in case continues

Nov 20, 2012, 9:59 AM | Article By: Isatou Senghore

The office break-in, theft and neglect of duty case involving Ensa Darboe and Lamin Sonko continued at the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court before Magistrate Dago.

Testifying, Matarr Jallow told the court that he works at FIB bank as a cashier, at the Serrekunda Branch since April 2011, and could recall what happened between 20 and 21 February 2012.

He said on the these dates, he reported for work at the bank and they found out that there was a break-in at the vault in the bank.

Jallow said the 2nd accused person was a security guard from Tiger Watch Security posted to their bank.

He added that after they discovered the break-in at the vault and the money was missing, their branch manager called the head office to inform them, and they came with the police.

On 29 February 2012, he added, there was one gentleman, a customer of the bank who came to make a deposit of D70,000. Then he found out that there were some rappers of 50 in two bundles with his signature.

Jallow said he asked the man where he got the money from, and he said he was paid.

Jallow said he then went to his manager to explain the incident, adding that the manager then told him that after the customer deposited the money he should go and see him (the manager).

He said after a while, he saw the head office management with the police arrive, and they escorted the customer together with the money.

He said he later made a statement.

The case continues on 22 November 2012.

 The particulars of offence on count one read that the accused persons, Ensa Darboe and Lamin Sonko, in February 2012 at First International Bank (FIB) Serrekunda Branch in the Kanifing Municipality, jointly broke into the said building with intent to steal.

Count two stated that they stole from the said bank D2,235,250, being the property of the bank.

Count three stated that the 2nd accused, being employed by Tiger Watch Security Company, as security guard and by virtue of that employment, neglected his duties by causing the bank to lose D2,235,250.