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PW1 testifies in theft case

Aug 17, 2011, 3:16 PM

PW1 Testifies in Theft Case

By Isatou Senghore

The first prosecution witness, Alice Madsen, recently testified in the trial of one Balla Secka, who is being tried for stealing from a dwelling house at the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court before Magistrate Jallow.

In her testimony, she told the court that she could recognise the accused and could also recall on 20 July 2011.

She said that on the aforementioned date, she was alone in her house when the accused came to her house claiming he came to see her.

She added that the accused asked her whether he could wash her floor and her response was in the negative, but the accused insisted and started to wash the floor up to the living room and to the dining table, where she placed her bag.

The accused later left, the witness explained, adding that she later called the man who used to change money for her; after which she realised that her money was missing.

The accused, she added, later came back with some gold fish and after some minutes the accused left the house again, saying he was going to the market.

She said that when the accused returned, she confronted him about the missing money, but the accused denied taking the money.

She said the money was never recovered.

According to the charge sheet, on 20 July 2011, at Bakau Cape Point, in the Kanifing Municipality, the accused, Balla Secka, stole from the house of one Alice Madsen the following: cash of 2,150 Danish Kroner, equivalent to D11,610, cash of 60 Euros, equivalent to D2,280, and cash of D3,800, being the property of the said Alice Madsen.

Hearing continues on 18 August 2011.