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Woman testifies in alleged theft case

Feb 25, 2011, 12:43 PM | Article By: Isatou Senghore

One Amie Mbye, a State Registered Nurse, recently testified at the Kanifing Magistrates' Court in the trial of one Ida Kumba Drammeh, who was charged with stealing from a dwelling house.

Testifying, Amie Mbye told the court that she is an SRN Midwives Nursing Officer, working at the RVTH in Banjul.

She told the court that she knows the complainant, whom she said is her biological mother and she also knows the accused, Ida Kumba Drammeh, through an association they formed as women of Kanifing and Old Jeshwang.

According to her, they went to their house to inform her mother and her father that the association wanted to adopt them as mother and father.

She said they started conducting meeting every Saturday and later constituted an executive. She said they named the association "Gilanka" Foundation, registered it and made the accused, Ida Kumba Drammeh the secretary of the association.

The witness further adduced that the accused used to visit their house every day and night and that was how she integrated herself to be a family member, adding that with or without the presence of her parents she would come and enter everywhere in the house, to the extent of even bringing her father to the house.

"On 19 September 2010, my mother travelled to Senegal with the Vice President on an official mission. I was out and on my return I found the accused sitting outside with my father," she added.

"I was surprised because the accused told me she was going to Dakar on that particular day," she explained.

She further adduced that her mother told her to pack some clothes, jewellery and cash because she was supposed to come back from Dakar and travel back with the women’s council; so she wanted them to meet at the airport.

"On my return, the vanity box was nowhere to be found in her bedroom. I went and informed my father and he told me to check properly because the vanity box had been here for thirty years," the witness told the court.

She adduced that the following day the accused left for Dakar and on her return, the accused ceased coming to the house, saying that was the time the complainant, Hon. Fatou Mbye, told the members of the association and later reported the matter to the Kanifing Estate Police Station.

The case was at that juncture adjourned until 9 March 2011.