Revenue Collector Testifies in NAWEC Theft Trial

Revenue Collector Testifies in NAWEC Theft Trial

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Fatou Darboe, a revenue collector at the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) yesterday testified as the second prosecution witness in a theft case involving her former workmate before Magistrate Hilary Abeke at the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court.

Omar Gaye, a former employee and revenue collector of NAWEC is standing trial on one count charge of stealing the company’s medium-sized safe containing D98, 705 being money collected from cash power sales.

In her evidence, Mrs Darboe said on 11th August, 2016 she was on afternoon shift duty with the accused person and left the office at 10:15 after she had balanced the money and put the money in her safe.  She told the court that she left the accused, the cleaner and two police officers at the office on that day.

The witness said she received a phone call the following morning that one of the safes was lost. She told court that there were five safes in the NAWEC’s recovery, which are all parked in cages. She said after the incident, her boss came to her and told her to go and give her statement at the police station.

Under cross-examination, the witness said she does not know how heavy the alleged stolen safe is because she has never lifted it and cannot say whether it is possible for someone to lift it. She said she does not know the length and height of the alleged stolen safe, saying her own is not a portable one.

Mrs Darboe further told the court that one cannot carry the safe out of the NAWEC complex without being noticed and that only NAWEC staff and security guards have access to the offices where the safes are kept. She added that the Police Intervention Unit officers have access to all the offices because they are the security personnel.

The witness further told the court that she is unaware that another safe got missing after this incident on trial, saying she was on leave.

This prompted the accused person’s defence counsel A Sissoho to apply for the witness to produce her leave letter on the next adjourned date which was not challenged by the prosecution. The magistrate granted the defence application and ordered the witness to produce her leave letter on the next adjourned date. Hearing continues on 9th November

by Meita Touray