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Two GRTS Staff Convicted of Theft

Jul 17, 2008, 6:30 AM | Article By: By Dawda Faye

Abdoulie Kujabi and Ebrima Gomez, both employees of Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS), were on Monday convicted and sentenced to a fine of D1000 each, in default to serve four months in prison. The conviction came after the accused persons' plea of guilt to a charge of attempted theft after being found in possession of 20 empty gallons belonging to GRTS, for the purpose of stealing gaz oil from the GRTS fuel tank.

In handing down judgement, Senior Magistrate Abdoulie Mbackeh said that he convicted the accused persons to serve as a detterent to others who might be thinking of committing a similar crime. To Magistrate Mbackeh the action by the two men left much to be desired. "The accused persons have betrayed the trust their employers had bestowed on them," he said, adding that they deserve some punishment.

Meanwhile the trial of four alleged accomplices, namely Hatab Jammeh, Sanna Nyassi, Abdoulie Joof and Badou Jagne, who pleaded not guilty, has been adjourned until 30th July 2008.