Man convicted for theft, obtaining money by false pretence

Friday, April 17, 2015

Magistrate Tabally of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court recently convicted and sentenced one Biggie Bah, after he was found guilty on four counts of stealing and obtaining money by false pretence.

He was fined D20,000 in default to serve three months in prison on count one, D10,000 in default to serve three months in prison on count two, D5,000 in default to serve three months in prison on count three, and on count four D5,000 in default to serve three months in prison.

Biggie Bah was also ordered to pay a compensation of D2,781,875, in default to serve five years in prison.

All sentences are to run consecutively.

In his mitigation plea, the convict begged the court for mercy, as he is the breadwinner of the family and he is married with kids.

The charge sheet in count one read that sometime in February 2010 and December 2011, at diverse places in the Kanifing Municpality, he stole nine vehicles all valued at D1,431,875 sent by the complainant, Yahaob Muhammed Enzaaf from Holland to The Gambia for the purpose of opening a business with him.

Count two stated that 2010 and 2011, he fraudulently converted the sum of D850,000 being proceeds of the six vans that were put on commercial business during the period stated above, which he could not account for.

Count three stated that between the months of November and December 2011, he fraudulently converted the sum of 6,500 Euros equivalent to D247,000 and 3,500 Euros equivalent to D133,000 respectively, being the proceeds of the two vehicles marked Mercedes Benz and Opel, which he sold at the time.

Count four revealed that in the months of October 2010 and March 2011, at Kotu and diverse places in the Kanifing Municipality, by false pretence and with intent to defraud, he obtained from Yahaob Muhammed Ezaaf the sum of D80,000 and D40,000 respectively with the pretext that he was going to buy two pieces of land for him, which representation was false and he knew it to be false.

Sgt 3560 Colley represented the IGP.

Author: Isatou Senghor-Njie