New Year’s Message 2017 – by The Most Reverend Hannah Caroline Faal-Heim, Presiding Bishop of The Gambia, The Methodist Church The Gambia
Jan 4, 2017, 10:57 AM
One Abubacarr Jallow was on Monday 2nd August 2010, arraigned before Principal Magistrate Drammeh of the Kanifing Magistrates' Court for allegedly stealing from the compound of one Nyima Sumner, a charge he denied.
In her evidence before the court, the first prosecution witness, Nyima Sumner informed the court that she recognised the accused person and could recall on 8th May 2010.
According to her, on the day in question, in the early hours of the morning she heard a noise at her living room when she was in the bathroom.
She testified that as she went out to find out, she observed that her windows were opened. PW1 added that she then proceeded to her son's room and asked him whether he was the one that had opened the windows, but he replied in the affirmative.
Further testifying, she adduced that she saw a shaking bag in the dinning-room, and suddenly found the accused under the table.
She said that she asked her son and grandson whether they knew the accused and they replied in the affirmative.
She stated that the accused told her that, he was running away from the police, that's why he had hidden there.
PW1 revealed that eight days before the incident, a similar thing had happened in her house, in which some items were stolen.
She further revealed that when she went to arrest the accused she saw him wearing her shoes, which she noted, was one of the stolen items.
The said shoes were later tendered in court as exhibits.
According to her, the matter was then reported to Kairaba Police Station, and subsequently the accused was arrested.
Consequent upon this, she made statement to that effect, she told the court.
The case was then adjourned to 9th August 2010 for continuation.