Contractor’s forgery trial takes new dimension

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Alagie Kawsu Ceesay, a contractor, who was charged with forgery and stealing money from the account of late Mrs. Ndow at the Trust Bank to the tune of D981,000, changed his plea of not guilty to guilty on the 29th July, 2019, before Magistrate Mam Samba of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court. He craved the indulgence of the court to temper justice with mercy.

Magistrate Samba told the court in her judgment that she had heard and considered the convict’s plea in mitigation. She stated that she noted remorse in him and since he did not waste the court’s time, and being a first time offender, she shall invoke Section 32 of the Criminal Code, and ordered that he enters into a bond with a Gambian surety to keep the peace and be of good behavior for a period of 2 years, failure of which he comes back for sentencing.

“Having heard the application made by the prosecution under Section 145 of the Criminal Procedure Code, I order the convict to compensate his victim with the sum of D981,000 in default to serve 3 years imprisonment. However, he is given the opportunity to pay the said sum by monthly installments of D100,000, commencing on or before the 31st August, 2019, up to the 31st May, 2020, and failure of one payment renders the whole sum due and payable at once, then he serves the stated jail term of 3 years,” she declared.

She further stated that he was to be released on bail with two Gambian sureties in the sum of D981,000. The sureties must deposit their valid ID cards together with reachable addresses and telephone numbers with the court’s registrar, and also depose to an affidavit of means to the effect.

She declared that the station officer at the Kairaba Police Station is ordered to release E Class vehicle forthwith to Alhaji Saikou Ceesay, its rightful owner.

Witnesses such as Mrs. Victoria Elizabeth Joiner, late Mrs. Ndow’s daughter, Yaya Corr, official of Trust Bank, and Omar K. Jammeh, a police officer, threw their weight behind ASP Modou Jallow to prove his case beyond reasonable doubt.

Author: Dawda Faye