Contractor’s forgery trial progresses

Friday, July 12, 2019

The case involving Alagie Kawsu Ceesay, a contractor who has been charged with stealing and forgery, continued on 9 July 2019, before Magistrate Mam Samba of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court. The accused was alleged to have stolen some money from the account of late Mrs. Harriet Ndow at the Trust Bank.

The prosecuting officer, ASP Modou Jallow called his second witness, Detective Omar K. Jammeh, to testify.  The witness told the court that he is attached to the Fraud Squad. He said that on 25 February 2019, the accused was brought along to his office with 25 forged cheques.

He adduced that he took the handwriting of the accused and sent a letter to a handwriting expert, one Mr. Ndong, to verify. He testified that after the handwriting expert had verified the handwriting of the accused, he confirmed that the writing on the cheques was that of the accused.

He told the court that the total amount of the cheques was D981, 000, noting that the accused had confessed to forging the cheques. He stated that they requested to seize the vehicle the accused bought from the money. He further narrated that he recorded the cautionary and voluntary statements of the accused and read them to him in English. Detective Jammeh went on to say that he prepared an investigation report.

At this juncture, ASP Jallow showed the witness the letter he wrote to the handwriting expert to identify, which he did. Prosecutor Jallow then applied to tender the letter, which was shown to the accused and asked whether he had any objection to the tendering of the said letter.  The accused said he had no objection. The presiding magistrate subsequently admitted the letter.

ASP Jallow again showed the witness the voluntary and cautionary statements of the accused to identify, which he did. He applied to tender them in evidence. They were shown to the accused and asked whether he had any objection, and he said he had no objection. The court admitted the documents.

The prosecuting officer then gave the witness the investigation report he prepared to identify, which he did. He applied to tender it. The document was then shown to the accused and asked whether he had any objection, and he said he had no objection.  The presiding magistrate admitted the report.

Magistrate Mam Samba asked the accused whether he had any questions under cross-examination for the witness. He stated that he had no questions to ask the witness. The magistrate again asked him whether all what the witness told the court was true, and he answered in the positive.

The case was subsequently adjourned to 17 July 2019, for Prosecutor Jallow to call more witnesses.

Author: Dawda Faye