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Football Coach testifies in alleged theft case

Jun 22, 2011, 2:16 PM | Article By: Isatou Senghore

A football coach, Bakary Darboe, recently testified in the trial of one Dawda Jawara, who was charged with stealing from a dwelling house, before the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court, presided over by Magistrate Jallow.

Testifying for the prosecution, Darboe told the court that he recognised the accused and could also recall 3 June 2011.

He said that on the aforementioned date the football team called “Ngewel” for which he was the coach, supposed to organise a fundraising show which was to take place on 4 June 2011.

Darboe further adduced that he went to the police to collect the permit and later returned home, adding that he was having D7, 600 in his possession.

He took D100 out of the said amount, locked the door and went out, Darboe said, adding that on his return to the house, he found a note on his table.

Still testifying, Darboe told the court that he later observed that his bag was opened and his D7,500 was stolen.

He said he called Peter, his roommate, and asked him about the said note since they shared the same keys, but Peter, he added, said he knew nothing about the note.

“On my return, I met with the accused at the compound gate and I asked him about the lost money in my house,” Darboe explained, saying the accused in response stated that he placed the note on the table in the house but did not take the said money.

The accused, he added, stayed in the same compound with them and was in possession of the spare key.

The accused told him that the said note was given to him by Peter to put it in the house, but Peter denied that, he testified.

Darboe said he later reported the matter to the Bakau Police Station where his statement was obtained, adding that the accused was later arrested and taken to the Bakau Police Station.

The case was then adjourned till 27 June 2011.