Jun 27, 2008, 5:12 AM
Principal Magistrate Joseph Ikpala of the Kanifing Magistrates' Court recently acquitted and discharged Oumie Mboge and Saikou Sonko who were standing trial on charges of housebreaking and stealing.
In his judgment, the presiding magistrate stated that the accused persons are charged with housebreaking and stealing. Both of them pleaded not guilty.
He stated that the particulars of offence were that, the accused persons in the month of December 2008, at Bakau in the Kanifing Municipality broke and entered the house of one Saidou Sowe and therein stole the following items: two DVD, valued at D3000, bed valued at D2000, carpet valued at D500, four pairs of shoes valued at D4000, one hundred DVD cassette, valued at 3,000, Nokia mobile phone valued at D3000, seventy-five video cassette, valued at D1, 875 and National Identity Card, valued at D110, total valued of D21,985.
According to him, the prosecution had called six witnesses, while the accused persons called five witnesses to testify on their behalf.
He went on to review the evidence of both the prosecution and defence.
The presiding magistrate further stated that the evidence of the prosecution witnesses had fall short to prove their case beyond all reasonable doubt as required by the law.
Consequently, he acquitted and discharged the accused persons, as he put it, the prosecution had woefully failed to prove their case.