Alasana Jallow, a businessman, last Tuesday testified as the second Prosecution Witness (PW2) in a theft trial against one Kebba Landing Marong, before Magistrate Faal of the Brikama Magistrates’ Court.
The witness in his testimony told the court that sometime in the year 2015, someone called and informed him that some people were working in his compound. He said when he visited the compound, he found the first prosecution witness and some other people there and asked them to stop the work but they refused.
He said he went to the Alkalo of Busumbala who assigned his messenger to go with him to the scene. He said at the scene, the Alkalo’s messenger also asked them to stop the work but they still refused.
The witness said he later reported the matter to Farato Criminal Investigation Department (CID) office and was escorted to the compound by one CID and two police officers. He said when they reached at the compound, they saw everyone holding cutlass. He said when the police officers asked them to stop the work, they said if they should stop working the cement that they had already mixed would spoil.
The witness said the following day he went back to the police and reported the same matter there and he was escorted to the compound by a senior CID officer. He said when they reached there, the CID officer asked the workers to stop whatever they were doing and follow him to the police station.
The witness said the police officers asked him to go home promising that they would ask the accused person to give another plot of land to PW1. He said one day, the police called and informed him that the accused person was still looking for a plot of land to give to PW1. He said since that day, he did not hear from anyone. He said his witnesses are: Ebrima Marong, Alasan Sowe and Sarjo Camara.
The prosecutor then applied to tender the land transfer document dated 6th January 2004 with the stamp of the Busumbala Alkalo as evidence. It was marked as exhibit D.
The accused is alleged to have sometime in the year 2015 at Busumbala Village, Kombo North with intent to defraud, obtained an amount of D80,000 from one Suntukung Sidibeh on the pretext that he owns a piece of land measuring 20m by 25m, which representation he knew was false.
The matter is adjourned to 27th September 2016.
by Fatou Gassama