Police Officer Testifies in Theft Trial

Police Officer Testifies in Theft Trial




A police officer at the Serious Crimes Unit at the Police Headquarters last Tuesday testified as the second prosecution witness in a single count charge of theft against one Alieu Komma before Magistrate Isatou Janneh of the Brikama Magistrates’ Court.

In his testimony, Pa Alpha Ceesay said while on duty at the Brikama Police Station on 5th December, last year, he conducted a patrol with one Corporal Bah and Police Constable Sanyang within Brikama Nyambai.

He said while they were looking for a suspect who earlier escaped from the custody of Brusubi Police Station, they received a tipped-off about the accused person (Alieu Komma).

The witness said they later went to the accused person’s house and in his presence, they conducted a search in  the house and found a flat screen television behind the bed.

The witness said when they asked the accused about the owner of the TV and why he kept it behind his bed, he replied that  one of his uncles who is now in America owned  it. He said the accused told them that the TV was under his mother’s bed for 3 years and he later decided to take it to his room. “The accused person’s mother came in but we asked her to stay away because she was obstructing us.”

The witness said when they suspected that the TV was a stolen property, the accused was taken to the police station along with the TV but he (the accused) still maintained that his uncle owned the TV.

According to the witness, the first prosecution witness who had earlier reported series of theft complaints to the police station was invited and when he saw the TV, he identified it as his property to the point of even providing its remote control to prove that it belongs to him.

The witness told the court that the first prosecution witness also provided some pictures of the TV to still prove that he owns it.

The Police Prosecutor Sub-Inspector S Camara applied to tender the said pictures as exhibits. His application was granted by the magistrate and marked them as exhibit B.

During Cross-Examination, the witness said when the accused person’s parents wanted to enter in the accused person’s house, they refused to allow them in because they were conducting a search and the landlord was already aware of their visit.

The matter is adjourned to the 25th July for the third prosecution witness to testify.

by Fatou Gassama