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Police officer testifies in theft case

Sep 13, 2010, 12:21 PM | Article By: Isatou Senghore

Inspector Habibou Sonko, a police officer attached to the Tallinding Police Station, recently testified in the criminal trial of one Haddy Jaggaa, a Senegalese national, before Magistrate Ceesay of the Kanifing Magistrates' Court.

Haddy Jaggaa was alleged to have stolen from one Lucien Claude, a French national.

Testifying as the second prosecution witness, Inspector Habibou Sonko told the court that he recongised the accused, and could also recall what happened on 16th August 2010.

According to him, on that day he received a case file of stealing involving the accused, Haddy Jagggaa.

PW2 told the court that he was informed by the officers on duty that the complainant was dead, and that he in turn informed his boss, one Inspector Mboge.

He adduced that they all went to the scene, with one Cherno Jallow, and upon their arrival they found the complainant, Lucien Claude, lying in Cherno Jallow's house covered with a piece of cloth, and he seemed to be in a serious condition. Inspector Sonko further told the court that they rushed the complainant to the Serekunda Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, and later the body was taken to Banjul.

He further adduced that with the help of Barra Police Station the accused was arrested.

Meanwhile, the accused who pleaded not guilty to the charge was granted bail in the sum of D10, 000 with two Gambian sureties each of whom must meet the bail conditions. The case was adjourned to 13th September 2010 for continuation.