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Detective officer testifies in forgery case

Jan 10, 2011, 1:12 PM | Article By: Isatou Senghore

The criminal trial involving Muhammed Camara and Omieu Jatta, continued recently at the Kanifing Magistrates' Court, before Magistrate Tabally.

The two are charged with conspiracy to defraud, stealing and making or having in possession papers or implement for forgery.

Testifying, the third prosecution witness, detective 1st Class Siabou Jallow, told the court that he recognised the accused persons and could recall what happened on 26 August 2010.

He said that on that day he was on duty at his office when he was instructed to obtain a cautionary statement from the 2nd accused, Omieu Jatta.

Detective Jallow further adduced that the accused narrated her story in the presence of an independent witness called Mafugi Bojang.

He added that the statement was later read all over to the accused, who accepted and signed it, and the independent witness also signed the statement and he (the witness) also signed the statement.

The charge sheet on count one read that on 24 August 2010, at Bakoteh, in the Kanifing Municipality, the accused persons conspired among with others to extort $8,000 from one Ebrima Bah.

Count two revealed that the accused persons jointly stole $8,000, being the property of Ebrima Bah.

Count three stated that the accused persons had in their possession a bundle of black papers cut into sizes of currency notes for the purpose of forging US dollar notes.

The case was at that juncture adjourned until 19 January 2011.