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Habitual offender arraigned again

Jul 24, 2015, 11:35 AM | Article By: Dawda Faye

Basiru Ceesay, a habitual offender, was for the second time arraigned on 20 July 2015, before Magistrate Kijera of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court, for alleged stealing and office-breaking.

Prosecutors alleged that Basiru Ceesay, the accused, on 11 September 2014 at Samba Tako Foreign Exchange Bureau in Bakoteh in the Kanifing Municipality, broke into the office with intent to steal.

It was also alleged that on the same day, month and year at the same place, he stole the following: two Samsung flat screen TV valued at D32,000, fiscal cash of D8,700, $100 equivalent to D4,000, 50 Euros equivalent to D2,800, one RLG phone valued at D800 and one data card valued at D1,500, totaling D49,800, being the property of Samba Tako Foreign Exchange Bureau.

He did not accept responsibility.

The prosecuting officer, Sergeant 2118 Gomez, told the court that he was opposing bail for the accused.

The accused was charged and arraigned before the court to answer to this present charge.

While in detention, he managed to escape with some of the prisoners, which led to the dismissal of some of prison officers.

The accused was also needed by the Wellingara Police Station and Kotu Police Station for alleged break-in cases, the police prosecutor went on, adding that he also has a pending case before the same court.

He feared that if he was released on bail, Ceesay would abscond and would also tamper with the investigations of those cases reported at the Kotu and Wellingara police stations.

The magistrate refused the accused person bail, and ordered him to be remanded in custody until the determination of the case.

While the accused was being escorted to the toilet at the court premises, he attempted to escape and was later captured and re-arrested.

The case was adjourned to 4 August 2015, for hearing.