May 29, 2013, 12:35 PM
Andrew Jabang, a court process server was recently convicted and sentenced to a fine of D10, 000, in default to serve two years imprisonment by the Special Criminal Court of the High Court.
The convict was arraigned before Justice Moses Richards, charged with the offence of stealing by servant or clerk, a charge he admitted.
According to the particulars of offence, on 5th February 2009, at the Kanifing Magistrates' Court, the convict Andrew Jabang received money due for one Musa Bojang and fraudulently converted it to his personal use.
In his judgement, Justice Richards stated that the convict was honourable enough to admit his criminal responsibility. He added that notwithstanding, the act committed by the convict was so grave that he cannot be forgiven lightly, more so when he acted as a judicial officer whose role should have been to protect the interest of litigants who may have gone through years of litigation before securing the right by way of judgement in their favour.
According to him, the convict also acted outside of the role for which he was appointed, asking what has a process server got to do with the monies being paid into court.