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Maid convicted for theft

Sep 7, 2011, 2:07 PM | Article By: Yai Dibba-Jallow

Fatou Darboe, a maid, was Monday convicted and sentenced to three months in prison with hard labour by the Brikama Magistrates’ Court, presided over by Magistrate Edward Singhateh.

According to the facts as narrated by the prosecuting officer, Chief Inspector Touray, the incident happened on 30 July 2011, at Yarambamba Estate.

He said the convict, Fatou Darboe, was working for the complainants, Mr and Mrs Banna, for six days and on 30 July 2011, she left for the weekend.

He added that when she was going she took the following items: T-mobile phone valued at D8,000, one Samsung digital camera valued at D3,000, seven female bags valued at D1,400, one gold chain valued at D5,000, female wearing apparatus valued at D10,000, cash amounting to D1,500 and 5 pound sterling equivalent to D210.

Still narrating, he told the court that the complainant, Mr Banna, went to their bedroom and realised that the items had been stolen, adding that when he called his wife and asked about the items, she told him she did not see them.

He added that they waited for the convict for two days, but she did not turn up for work, adding that the matter was then reported to the police and the convict was arrested and taken to Yundum Police Station.

During the interrogation the convict confessed stealing the items, he said, adding that only the digital camera was recovered.

The convict, who pleaded guilty, begged the court to temper justice with mercy, as she is a young girl.