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Case heard on alleged obtaining money by false pretence

Sep 23, 2013, 11:12 AM | Article By: Malamin L.M. Conteh

The prosecution first witness (PW1), Mariatou Colley, recently testified before Magistrate Ibrahim Kijera of the Bundung Magistrates’ Court in the criminal trial of obtaining money by false pretence involving one Morro Gaye.

The witness told the court she is a housewife who lives in Tallinding, and she recognised the accused, Morro Gaye.

“On 27 June 2011, my son bought a piece of land from the accused. We first gave the accused D60,000 and after a couple of days we also gave the accused another D40,000,” she said.

The accused gave her son, Abdoulie Njie, the title deed of the said compound, which was in her name, and the accused also gave them a receipt as well.

She identified all the documents and the prosecutor, at that juncture, applied to tender them. The documents were admitted in evidence and marked as exhibits without any objection.

Ms Colley added that the two receipts were signed by the accused but failed to give them one remaining document.

“We later reported the case to the Brusubi Police Station, where I gave a statement,” she said.

Under cross-examination by the accused, the witness stated that the reason they rejected the piece of land was because the land was always flooded during the raining season.

One could only reside on that land during dry season, she explained, saying that was the reason physical planning rejected the land.

She added that she did not invite the physical planning, but they went by themselves to inspect the land.

The case continues.