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Man, 38, Charged for Stealing 9 Goats In Gbarpolu
By Emmanuel Mondaye, Gbarpolu County Correspondent
BOPOLU CITY, Feb 26 (LINA) – The Bopolu City Magisterial Court in Gbarpolu County has charged a 38-year-old man Ansu Varmah, for stealing nine goats.
The Stipendiary Magistrate of the Gbarpolu Magisterial Court, Zenneh Walters, in his charge said defendant Varmah, in close collaboration with some unidentified individuals, stole the goats belonging to complainant Tannue Mulbah of Gbaquoita, Gboni Clan, Bopolu City.
According to the charge sheet, the defendant during the court trial, admitted to committing the crime and informed the court that it was he and one John Dado that stole the goats in question and begged the court for mercy.
The court document revealed that one of complainant Mulbah’s goats was spotted with the defendant by two women who were en-route from their farm.
They testified that defendant Varmah had the mouth and hands of the goat tied with ropes and placed on his neck while walking in the forest.
They said they immediately reported the matter to the town authorities who had earlier made an announcement about the mysterious disappearance of several goats in the town.
While on a vigorous search of the missing goats, the court document said, a friend of complainant Mulbah saw his goat tied behind the house of a Fula national.
He then informed complainant Mulbah about the goat and they both went to the scene where it was established that the goat was one of nine goats stolen from the town.
When complainant Mulbah was asked by the court as to how he knew that the goat was his, he said that the goat had a name.
He was requested by the court to prove his case, and it was at this point, that Mulbah called the goat by its name, “Ma Mary, What Are You Doing Here” and the goat immediately rushed on Mulbah, thus establishing that the goat belonged to him.
The Fula man has been formally charged for Criminal Facilitation, but was released after he secured a valid criminal appearance bond in keeping with law, and is expected to re-appear in court in March.
The defendant has meanwhile been sent to the Gbarpolu County Central Prison awaiting trial.