May 8, 2017, 11:30 AM
Barry, Momodou Jallow, Yaya Jallow, Amadou Korka Jallow and Momodou Tunkara
were each sentenced to a fine of D50,000 in default to serve six months’
imprisonment by Principal Magistrate
Isatou Janneh-Njie of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court for selling commodities
above the stipulated price. The sentencing was on 1 April, 2020, following
their plea of guilt.
In her judgment, Magistrate Janneh- Njie told the court that the offence for which the convicts were charged attracts a fine of D500,000. She further said the accused did not waste the time of the court and pleaded guilty, further stating that they were first-time offenders. She noted that the convicts told the court that they were not aware of the stipulated prices of the commodities.
“If you know that the price of a commodity does not favour you, then you should not buy it and sell it at a higher price. Ignorance of the law is no excuse,” she told the court. She said that concerning their licences, a copy of the order would be issued to the Chief Justice, the Ministry of Trade and the Ministry of Justice.
It could be recalled that Bubacarr Barry was alleged by prosecutors to have inflated the price of the following commodities: one gallon of cooking oil to D1100 instead of D1075, one bag of onions to D500 instead of D475 and one tray of eggs to D175 instead of D150. It happened at Bakoteh on 28 March, 2020.
It was alleged that Momodou Jallow inflated the price of a bag of onions to D500 instead of D475 on the same day at Sanchaba Sulay Jobe.
Yaya Jallow, according to the indictment, also inflated the price of one gallon of 20-litre cooking oil to D1100 instead of D1075 at Bakaoteh on the same day.
Amadou Korka Jallow was alleged to have inflated the price of a bag of onions to D500 instead of D475 and also a 20-litre cooking oil to D1100 instead of D1075 at Bakoteh on the same day.
The charge sheet stated that on the same day at Bakoteh, Momodou Tunkara inflated a tray of eggs to D175 instead of D150.
All the items were tendered as exhibits.
They urged the court to temper justice with mercy, as they were not aware of the stipulated prices of the commodities.
Inspector Ema Jallow, Sub-Inspector Jammeh and Sergeant Baba Jaiteh represented the Inspector General of Police.
Sub-Inspector Keita and his taskforce team, according to the prosecutors, got hold of the businessmen.