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Four acquitted, discharged

Dec 29, 2010, 11:40 AM | Article By: Yusuf Ceesay

The Kanifing Magistrates’ Court presided over by Magistrate Tabally, on 27 December 2010, acquitted and discharged Mustapha Sanyange, Haddy Sanneh, Lamin D. Bojang and Lamin Kujabi, following a no-case submission filed by their lawyer, Mrs Marie Saine Fridaus.

In his ruling, Magistrate Tabally reminded the court that the accused persons were charged on two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony and stealing from a dwelling house.

He revealed that all the accused pleaded not guilty to the allegations levelled against them.

Magistrate Tabally further informed the court that the prosecution had called in four witnesses to testify, while the defence counsel filed a no-case submission.

He went through the testimonies adduced by the prosecution witnesses and told the court that the only evidence linking the accused persons to the alleged offence charged was that they were employees of the guesthouse working as security guards and cleaners.

“It is my view that the accused persons were arrested only on suspicion that they were security guards and cleaners of the guesthouse,” he said.

“I therefore hold that a prima-facie case has not been made against the accused persons,” he added, saying: “I am compelled to uphold the no-case submission, and the accused persons are hereby acquitted and discharged.”

According to the charge on count one, the accused persons on 23 October 2010, at the Gambia Electrical Company guesthouse along

Kairaba Avenue
, jointly conspired among with others to commit a felony to wit stealing.

The particulars of offence on count two indicated that the accused persons on the same date and place, jointly and unlawfully stole from Olivaire Didier Lath 650,000 CFA Franc and D26, 200, being the property of the complainant, Olivaire Didier Lath.