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Bankers’ trial: Accused fails to appear in court

Nov 30, 2015, 10:17 AM

Momodou Secka, who was charged with conspiracy, stealing by clerk or servant and fraudulent false accounting, along with Haddy Jatta and Kabiro Darboe, bankers at BSIC Bank, on 24 November 2015 failed to appear before Magistrate Kijera of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court.

Magistrate Kijera expressed his concern over the failure of the accused to appear in court, adding that the accused failed to appear in court on two occasions.

Lawyer Mboge, who was representing the accused, told the court that he tried to reach the accused by telephone to find out what happened, to no avail. He applied for an adjournment to get in touch with the accused.

The prosecuting officer, Chief Inspector Fadera, did not object to the application, but said the case should proceed on the next adjournment date.

Lawyer Batchilly represented Haddy Jatta, while Kabiro Darboe was represented by lawyer Tambedou.

Both of them did not raise any objection to the application made by lawyer Mboge for the case to be adjourned.

Prosecutors alleged that Haddy Jatta, Kabiro Darboe and Momodou Secka some time in October 2013, at BSIC Bank at Kairaba Avenue in the Kanifing Municipality, conspired to steal.

They said their actions amounted to committing an offence.

According to the prosecutors, the accused persons, being clerks or servants of BSIC Bank, stole $68,969 equivalent to D2,707,033.25 by virtue of such employment, being monies of the said bank on the same date and place.

The accused were further alleged to have received $68,969 equivalent to D2,707,033.25 from Tumana Foreign Exchange Bureau, which was supposed to be deposited at BSIC Bank; instead they diverted the said amount to their own use.

The accused denied any wrongdoing.

Chief Inspector Touray, who was the prosecuting officer, had called his first witness, Abdourahman Jallow, who testified earlier.

After his testimony, the defence counsel cross-examined him.

Samba Mballow, the second prosecution witness, had also testified.

He was also cross-examined by the defence team, but Lawyer Mboge did not finish his cross-examination of the witness.

He is expected to continue his cross-examination on 2 December 2015.