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More than D800, 000 worth of items theft case reaches court

Jan 25, 2016, 10:00 AM | Article By: Dawda Faye

Two men were on 21 January 2016 paraded before Magistrate Isatou Janneh of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing items worth over D800, 000.

They were charged on two counts of conspiracy and stealing.

The bill of indictment presented before the court by the prosecuting officer, Sub-inspector Jallow, stated that Alhagie Panneh and Alhagie Camara jointly conspired among themselves to commit a felony which was stealing some time in June 2015, at Kerr Sering, in the Kanifing Municipality.

According to prosecutors, their action amounted to committing an offence.

Prosecutors further alleged that Alhagie Panneh some time in June 2015, at the same place, being employed as a watchman and by virtue of such employment, stole the following items: electric jigsaw valued at D180,000, spot light valued at D5,400, electric angle grinder valued at D3,000, large bolster valued at D900, heavy metal carpenter hammer valued at D1,500, a set of chisels valued at D1,200, a set of drill bit, masonary/wood valued at D1,800, large masonary hammer valued at D1,200, a set of mini clamps valued at D600, a set of 3 pliers valued at D1,500, two wrenches hacksaw valued at D900, tape measure saw valued at D1,500, tape measure valued at D1,200, a set of philips screw drivers valued at D1,800, a set of cross head saw drivers valued at D1,800, sharpener stone valued at D900, soft rubber hammer valued at D1,200, a set of adjustable spanners valued at D2,400, carpet and seat valued at D28,000, African dresses valued at D229,000, shirts/ tops valued at D180,000, trousers/jeans valued at D24,000, European dresses valued at D18,000, night dresses valued at D12,000, 300 napkins valued at D27,000, shipping /costume valued at D9,000; 280 forks valued at D13,440; 350 knives valued at D23,100, totaling D893,480, the property of one Joko Prerra and Michael Bennet.

Alhagie Panneh, the first accused, pleaded guilty on the charge of conspiracy but not guilty on stealing.

The second accused, Alhagie Camara, pleaded not guilty on the charge of conspiracy, but the charge of stealing did not affect him.

Magistrate Janneh subsequently granted Alhagie Panneh bail of D900, 000 with two Gambian sureties, who should swear to an affidavit of means and surrender their ID cards to the registrar of the court.

They should also make sure that the accused is always available whenever he is needed by the court.

The second accused, Alhagie Camara, was granted bail of D25, 000 with a Gambian surety, who should swear to an affidavit of means and to deposit an ID card to the registrar.

Sub-inspector Jallow is expected to make available to the court his witness on 27 January 2016, for the commencement of the case.

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