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Ex-British convict faces D100, 000 bail bond

Jul 26, 2010, 2:00 PM | Article By: Dawda Faye

Principal Magistrate F.L. Drammeh of the Kanifing Magistrates' Court on 20th July 2010 granted bail to one Michael Russel, a British national, in the sum of D100, 000 with two Gambian sureties. The accused should also deposit the sum of D75, 000 with the registrar, as security to appear in court.

According to the prosecuting officer, Corporal 3560 Colley, the accused was earlier convicted and sentenced to seven years' imprisonment.

As a result, he opposed the granting of bail to the accused person, but the trial magistrate did not endorse his application.

According to the particulars of offence, the accused person, Micheal Russel, sometime in 2003 at Serrekunda, with intent to defraud and by false pretence, obtained from one Lamin Ceesay, the sum of D35, 000 with the representation that he would secure him a job in his ship and sea passport, which representation he knew to be false.

Mr. Russel pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The case was adjourned to enable the prosecution present witnesses to testify against the accused person.