May 29, 2015, 10:15 AM
Sulayman Jarra, a marabout, was on 22 February 2012 discharged and acquitted by the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court.
He was earlier arraigned along with two other accused persons, namely Isatou Corr and Abdoulie Joof, charged with conspiracy and stealing.
They were accused of stealing a vanity box which contained some gold jewellery valued at D1,000,000, the property of one Fatoumata Alamy.
Isatou Corr pleaded guilty while Sulayman Jarra and Abdoulie Joof denied the charge.
Abdoulie Joof was earlier discharged and acquitted, following a no-case submission by his lawyer.
In his judgement, Magistrate Tabally told the court that the evidence of Isatou Corr, who was the principal witness of the prosecution, did not link the accused, Sulayman Jarra, to the offence.
He said there was no corroboration in her testimony.
He further adduced that it was the prosecution who should have proved their case beyond all reasonable doubts but failed to do so.
He stated that the accused did not commit the offence.
As a result, he said, he had no alternative but to discharge and acquit him.