Lamin Jammeh, a drummer from Sukuta in Kombo North Wednesday testified before Magistrate Momodou Bojang of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court in the ongoing sheep theft trial against Modou Lamin Mbye and Sulayman Bah.
Jammeh, who is the first prosecution witness in the trial, told the court that in September 2015 he received a telephone call from the first accused person, Modou Lamin Mbye offering to sell a sheep to him. Accompanied by the second accused person (Sulayman Bah) and one David, the witness said the first accused person brought two sheep to his compound.
He said the accused persons found that his (witness) mother had already bought a sheep for that year’s Tobaski feast but they were later bought by neighbours.
Responding to a question from the police prosecutor Sergeant Manga about how much each of the sheep cost, the witness said the accused persons offered D12,000 for the big sheep whereas D9,000 was offered for the small one but the neighbours ended up buying the big sheep for D7,000 and the small one for D5,000.
The witness recalled that after that year’s Tobaski feast, the first accused person (Modou Lamin Mbye) was escorted by the police to his compound to see him (the witness). He said he was taken to the police station where he gave a statement in connection to the matter.
The case is adjourned to 27th July for the accused persons to cross-examine the witness.
by Sanna Jawara