Sep 10, 2013, 10:59 AM
A man accused of school-breaking and stealing was on Wednesday convicted and sentenced by the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court, presided over by Magistrate Dago.
Ebrima Sarr was ordered to work at the said school for a period of one month without pay with hard labour, and he should be reporting to the Operation Bulldozer base every Friday for one month in default he would serve two months in prison.
The court also ordered the recovered items to be returned to the owner.
However, his co-accused person, Babucarr Gaye, was acquitted and discharged of all the charges.
According to the facts of the case as narrated before the court, it happened on 7 October 2012, when the convicted person, Ebrima Sarr, went to Success Professional Tutors along Kairaba Avenue and broke the gate and got entrance into the school yard.
The facts added that he went into the administrative block, where he broke the glass window to get into the office.
He took from the office a laptop and some electronic devices and boarded a taxi heading to Dippakunda and, on his way, he called the 2nd accused to help him with D100 to pay the taxi driver.
The 2nd accused lent him D100, with the promise that if he sold the items, he would refund him the money.
On their way to sell the items, they were intercepted by the Operation Bulldozer patrol, who confronted them about the items and they could not give a proper account of the items.
They were eventually arrested and taken to Serrekunda Police Station, and later to Operation Bulldozer Base in Banjul for further investigation.
The charge sheet on count one stated that on 7 October 2012, at Dippakunda and diverse places in the Kanifing Municipality, they jointly conspired and attempted to sell one laptop marked HP, one desktop marked HP 710, one white T-shirt, one D link with charger, one computer charger and one computer switch, the properties of Success Professional Tutors.
Count two stated that the 1st accused broke into the said school with the intent to steal.
Count three indicated that he stole the above-mentioned items.