Kawsu Ceesay, a contractor, was recently arraigned before Magistrate Mam Samba
of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court and charged with stealing and forgery. He is
alleged to have stolen the sum of D109,000 from the account of the late Mrs.
Ndow. He denied any wrongdoing.
ASP Jallow, the prosecuting officer on 27 June, 2019, called his first witness, Yaya Corr, to testify. The witness told the court that he is head of Internal Audit of Trust Bank which is responsible for reviewing the internal system of the bank, including carrying out investigation on reported fraud cases at the bank.
He stated that on 8th February, 2019, the bank received a complaint from Lawyer Sagarr Jahateh that the account of her grandmother, late Mrs. Harriet Ndow, had been tampered with. He adduced that upon receipt of the complaint, they carried out an investigation and discovered that 25 cheques belonging to the said Mrs. Harriet Ndow had been tampered with by the accused.
The accused allegedly did this by adding zero to the amount on the cheque, altering the figure, e.g. a cheque for six thousand dalasis issued to the accused, he would in turn add ‘ty’, making it sixty thousand dalasis, thereby inflating the amount due for withdrawal.
At this juncture, Prosecutor Jallow applied to tender all the cheques and the accused did not raise any objection to the tendering of the cheques. The presiding magistrate admitted them in evidence.
Hearing continues on 9th July, 2019, when ASP Jallow will call more witnesses to throw their weight behind him.