D1.2M fraud case deferred

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Almost a month since the prosecution closed its case in the trial of one Hamad Sowe, who is charged with two counts of funds received by the agents for sale, the matter has yet again failed to proceed before Principal Magistrate Emmanuel Nkea of Banjul Magistrates' Court.

On the subsequent adjournment date, the court issued a subpoena for the accused person's witnesses to appear in court. Since then the case has suffered a series of adjournments.

Count one stated that the accused (Hamad Sowe), between January to September 2008, at Banjul and diverse places received an amount of D500, 000 from one Alagie Ceesay, Chief of Protocol, State House, to buy and sell cattle, but failed to pay or account for the proceeds to the person from whom it was received.

Count two stated that in the same place and year, he received an amount of D700, 000 to purchase breeding cows, but failed to deliver the heads of cattle in exchange for the amount received.

The case was adjourned to 11th February 2010.

Author: Bakary Samateh