Police Officer Testifies in Exchange Bureau Theft Trial

Police Officer Testifies in Exchange Bureau Theft Trial




Buba Manjang, a police officer Monday testified as the seventh prosecution witness in the single count charge of theft against Omar Ndow, before Magistrate Isatou Janneh at the Brikama Magistrates’ Court.

Omar is accused of stealing seventy-one thousand, seven hundred and forty-six Dalasis, forty-six bututs, from Babou Gaye sometime in August 2015 at Lamin village while being employed by Babou Gaye of Gaiyen Financial Services and Bureau de Change as a clerk.

In his testimony, the witness said on the day of the incident, a theft case was reported against the accused person at the Yundum Police Station leading to his (the witness’s) visit to the scene in Lamin Village with one of his colleagues.

He said when they arrived at the scene, the first prosecution witness opened the Bureau’s entrance door and when they entered, they found the small office where the safe  was open with the key hanging on it.

He said they opened the box but there was nothing in it and they   then asked the accused person why he left the key on the safe  . He said the accused person replied that the upper part of the safe has a control system.

He said they went round the Bureau and came across a place around the toilet with open ventilation beside the wall.

The witness said inside there were both foot and hand prints with different colors. He said outside the building, there was a big table and that was the time they came to realise how the suspect entered the bureau.

The witness said they took photos of the place and the open safe as evidence. He said the accused person was later cautioned and charged and had identified the pictures taken at the scene.

After his testimony, the police prosecutor, Corporal 3999 Secka announced the prosecution’s closure of its case before the magistrate adjourned the matter to 1st September 2016.

by Fatou Gassama