ID card fraudsters convicted

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Collins Chinaka Onwukmwe and Musa Barry were on the 27 August, 2019, convicted by Magistrate Mam Samba of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court for obtaining Gambian national identity card by false declaration. The conviction followed their plea of guilt.

They were arraigned and charged on counts of conspiracy to commit felony, altering false document and aiding and abetting.

According to the indictment on count one, on 21 August, 2019, at the Kanifing Gambis, in the Kanifing Municipality of the Republic of The Gambia, they conspired with intent to commit felony to wit: forging Gambian national identity card.

Prosecutors alleged on count two that they obtained by false declaration a Gambian birth certificate bearing one Musa Baldeh’s name. Count three indicated that Collins Chinaka Onwukmwe knowingly and fraudulently altered a Gambian birth certificate bearing the name of Musa Baldeh with serial number 1900263.

It was also alleged that Musa Barry aided and abetted Collins Chinaka Onwukmwe to acquire Gambian national identity card.

On count one both convicts were sentenced to pay a fine of D5000 each or in default serve three years imprisonment. They were sentenced on count two to pay a fine of D2000 each in default to serve two years .

Collins Chinaka Onwukmwe was sentenced on count three to a mandatory jail term of one year. Musa Barry was sentenced on count four to a mandatory jail term of one year.

The prosecuting officer, Sergeant Ousainou Touray, filed the indictment bill on behalf of the Inspector General of Police.

Author: Dawda Faye