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Mandatory jail term for burglar

Mar 25, 2011, 1:16 PM | Article By: Yai Dibba-Jallow

Magistrate Babucarr Secka of the Brikama Magistrates' Court recently convicted and sentenced one Musa Baldeh to a mandatory jail term of five years for burglary.

According to the facts of the case, as narrated by the prosecuting officer, CPL Sarr, it happened on 5 March 2011 at Sanyang village, when the convict went into the complainant's, Zuzu Hocine's compound, a British national.

He said the convict entered through the backyard and then at the back door, where he used a pedal bicycle tool to damage the complainant's door and got access to the house.

CPL Sarr further narrated that the convict then opened the travel bag of the complainant and removed a small bag, where he took 11,100 Pounds Sterling and D3,000.

He said the convict then hired a taxi to the bank to change the currencies, but was without an ID card, adding that he then gave it to the taxi driver to change for him.

The convict, the prosecutor narrated, gave D580 to the taxi driver and also paid him for the hiring of the taxi.

He further narrated that the convict went to the market and bought clothes, a hat and shoes.

The prosecutor further narrated that, when the complainant realized that her house was broken into and her money was missing, she informed one Lamin Bojang, who then reported the matter to the Gunjur Police Station.

He said during the investigation, two boys were arrested, and they informed the police that they saw the convict with a lot of money, adding that the convict was arrested and they found 3,000 pounds sterling with him, and three double SIM card mobiles.

He narrated that the convict confessed breaking into the complainant's house, and stealing the money.