Gambia Ports Authority account theft case lands in court

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Gambia Ports Authority account theft case was heard before Magistrate Dunn Njie of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court, following the plea of not guilty by the accused person. Chief Inspector Touray, who inherited the case from Prosecutor Fadera, held brief for the Inspector General of Police on 10 December, 2019.

Prosecutors alleged that Patrick Godwin, the accused, in the month of May, 2015, at Guaranty Trust Bank (GT Bank) and diverse places in the Kanifing Municipality of the Republic of The Gambia, stole an amount of D354,000 from The Gambia Ports Authority account, by sending a fund request transfer pretending to be from Gambia Ports Authority, knowing it to be false.

He was also alleged to have forged a fund request transfer pretending to be from Gambia Ports Authority (GPA) to Guaranty Trust Bank (GT Bank) requesting transfer of an amount of D354,000 to his personal account.

It was alleged that he illegally and without claim of right requested Guaranty Trust Bank to transfer an amount of D354,000 from Gambia Ports Authority account at the said bank to his personal account, knowing at the time it was unlawful.

The accused person, who is on bail, has already opened his defence and will continue his testimony on 19 December, 2019, after which Prosecutor Touray will attempt to discredit, challenge and contradict him under cross-examination
Author: Dawda Faye