Alieu Jagne, who was charged on three counts of conspiracy, uttering false documents and obtaining money by false pretence along with Omar Bah and Amie Jagne, who was convicted upon her own plea of guilt, opened his defence on 23 October 2012.
In his testimony, Alieu Jagne told the court before Magistrate Dawda Jallow of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court that he lives at New Jeshwang, adding that he is a driver.
He adduced that he had a telephone call from Amie Jagne to meet her to receive an envelope from her.
He said he did so, and was asked by her to take the sealed envelope to IBC, which he did.
Alieu Jagne further told the court that upon arrival at the bank, he asked for one Kujabi as he was told to do so by her, adding that Kujabi showed up, and he told him that he was sent by Amie Jagne to deliver the envelope.
He testified that Kujabi then asked him to give the envelope to one Kura, which again he did.
He said Kura then unsealed the envelope, and took a sheet of paper from it without any writing on it and asked him to sign it, and he did so.
He adduced that Kura put back the paper into the envelope and asked him to take it back to Amie Jagne, adding that he did so and Amie Jagne took from the envelope seven or eight slips from a cheque book, and asked him to sign them.
He added that he did sign them, and gave them back to Amie Jagne.
He testified further that he then went home, adding that one year later someone from the bank telephoned and asked him to come to the bank.
He said he went to the bank, and was asked to report to the Kairaba Police Station.
He stated that at the police station, one CID officer asked him whether he took a loan from the bank and he answered in the negative, adding that he was detained for three days, then released and asked to keep on reporting to the police.
The case was adjourned for cross-examination by the prosecuting officer, Sergeant Kinteh.