But Lamin Sanneh, another soldier and businessman Daniel Balukun were found guilty as charged.
Abdoulie Sanyang, Modou L. Drammeh, Lamin Sanneh and Daniel Balukun were on trial on allegations of conspiracy, store breaking and stealing.
According to the police, this year, they all conspired, broke into a store and stole 250 bags of 30kg rice valued at D112, 500.00 – being the property of the Gambia.. They maintain innocence throughout the trial.
Sanneh was sentence to an imprisonment of 2 years with hard labour, while Balukun was fined D10, 000 or in default to serve one year imprisonment with hard labour.
Reading out the verdict, magistrate Lamin Mbaye, said he have no doubt in his mind that from the evidence of all the prosecution witnesses and the evidence of the 4, it was the 2nd accused (Lamin Sanyang) who single handedly stole the 160 bags of 30kg from the government store located at buckle street and sold it to the 4.
Mbaye said the convict has “betray the trust put on him as a soldier and has also neglected his duty to protect the property of the country”
However, he said “I will use my discretion instead of sentencing him to the mandatory punishment; I will sentence him to imprisonment of 2 years with hard labour”.