Abdou Jarju, an accused person who is standing a single count charge of shop breaking Tuesday opened his defence before Magistrate Isatou Janneh at the Brikama Magistrates’ court.
Jarju is said to have broken into the shop of one Abdou Lahad Jonga with intent to commit felony, to wit, steal on or about 18th August 2015 at Brikama town.
In his defence testimony, Jarju said on the night of the incident, he went to a night club in Brikama. He said when he left the night club and went to find taxi to take him home in Manduarr; two boys asked him where he was coming from.
Later in the interrogation, Jarju said the two boys told him that someone had broken into a shop and stolen but he replied to them that he was not a thief. “One of the boys said i was speaking rudely to them and during the push and pull, one of the two boys accused me of stealing.”
Jarju further told the court that other people later came at the scene and asked the two boys to take him to the Brikama Police Station. “When we arrived at the Police Station, I explained the matter but the Police still decided to detain me. The following morning, I was taken to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) office to say the truth but I gave the same answer that i did not steal anything.”
During Cross-Examination, Jarju said he understands that the charge against him was breaking into a shop and stealing. He maintained that he was never caught in any shop. He denied knowing the second prosecution witness but said the first prosecution witness only met him at the police station.
He said he gave a statement at the Police Station but the two boys accused him of stealing and he never went with anyone at the scene.
The matter is now adjourned for judgement on 31st August.
by Fatou Gassama