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PW1 testifies in willful damage to property case

Apr 30, 2014, 11:16 AM | Article By: Malamin L.M. Conteh

One Modou Sowe, a resident of Kerr Serign village, recently testified in the willful damage to property case involving one Sheriffo Kanteh, before principal magistrate Ibrahim Kijera of the Bundung magistrates’ court

PW1 told the court that he is a businessman and recognized the accused person, adding that on 1 April 2014, the accused entered their shop, and asked him to lend him matches.

“My uncle lent him a match, and the accused then entered our compound. We asked him to walk out and he refused, but later complied,” he said, further stating that the accused stood outside the compound premises and started to insult them.

The witness said he told the accused that he could say whatever he wanted to say, but should not step into their compound.

“The accused then entered our shop and poured oil on the six bags of rice placed in the shop,” he said.

He identified the said six bags of rice, and the prosecutor then applied to tender them as exhibits.

However, the accused objected to the tendering of the said six bags of rice on the grounds that he never poured oil on them, but his objection was overruled by the trial magistrate.

The six bags of rice were admitted in evidence and marked as exhibits.The witness continued and further told the court that the accused poured 20 liters of oil that was in the container.

At that time, a radio set was placed on the container, and when the accused pulled the container, the radio dropped, absorbed the oil on the floor and developed a problem.

He also identified the radio, and the prosecutor applied to tender it as exhibit. The accused again objected, saying he did not pour the oil on the radio. The radio was, however, admitted as an exhibit.

“I reported the matter to the Sanchaba Police Station,” he said.

The case continues.