Obtaining money by false pretence case continues

Friday, June 26, 2015
The second prosecution witness (PW2), Momodou Mendy, recently testified in the trial involving Ousman Y. Jatta and Amat Sowe, both accused of obtaining money by false pretence, before Magistrate Gomez of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court.

Mendy told the court that he lives in Bundung Borehole and works as a lecturer at GTTI, for 14 years, adding that he recognized the accused persons as his colleagues in the scout movement.

He worked with the 1st accused for 15 years and 2nd accused for 3 years, as they are executive members of the Gambia Scouts movement.

According to him, the 1st accused is the International Scout Commissioner and the 2nd accused is the finance commissioner of the said association.

Mendy further told the court that he could recall what happened between 2012 and 2014, adding that in those years, an international scout activities camp took place in different countries, such as Finland, Denmark and Canada, among other countries.

He said it normally opens for scouts to participate in those events, and registration was the responsibility of the international commissioner, the 1st accused.

Mendy further told the court that he knew Telley Baldeh, who once registered for the Finland trip in 2012, as he (Mendy) was working in a team and Baldeh was his assistant.

He said he gave Baldeh the information and he said he was ready to participate, and he told Baldeh the procedures.

According to Mendy, Baldeh went and met the 2nd accused where he paid part of his money.

He said Baldeh came and showed him the receipt, for which he paid D110,000 and the event date passed and it was not possible for him to go.

Mendy further told the court that according to Baldeh, the 2nd accused told him to wait for another programme in another country, which was also not possible.

He said things went like that until 2014, when Baldeh then asked for his money back.

He revealed that Omar Bah, Abdourahman Jallow, Omar Bass and other people paid their monies and the programme never materialised.

The case was adjourned to 13 July 2015.

Author: Isatou Senghore-Njie