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Alleged ticket forgery trial continues

Dec 22, 2010, 11:34 AM | Article By: Isatou Senghore

Haddy Ceesay-John the first prosecution witness in the criminal trial for forgery, involving Pa Dodou Sarr and Marget Sillah, on 20th December 2010 testified before Magistrate Tabally of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court.

The two are being tried for allegedly conspiring to forge Planet World tickets and forging Planet World tickets. Both had denied the charges.

On count one, the offence revealed that on 11th December 2010, at Latrikuda in the Kanifing Municipality, the accused persons conspired to commit a felony to wit forged Planet World tickets.

The particulars of offence on count two stated that the accused persons jointly forged Planet World tickets.

In her testimony, Haddy Ceesay-John told the court that she lives at No 38 Gloucester Street in Banjul, and works as a banking adviser.

She told the court that she recognised the 2nd accused person, and that on 11th December 2010, she was the director of a concert organised by Busy Signal.

She added that a young man came and informed her that there were some people selling fake tickets, and she also informed her partners and the police intervention unit officers about it.

“A telephone number was given to me, which was the number of the 1st accused, Yaya Bangura,” she told the court.

Ms Ceesay-John further adduced that, while in the process of calling the 1st accused, the 2nd accused was caught with 50 fake tickets and was later taken to the Kairaba Police Station.

At the Kairaba Police Station, she added, the 2nd accused told them that the fake tickets were given to him by the 1st accused.

Ceesay-John further told the court that the 1st accused was also eventually caught at the stadium, and that she recognised the accused person.

She said her statement was recorded at the Kairaba Police Station.

The case was at that juncture adjourned to 27th December 2010.