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Former School Teacher in Scout Jamboree Case

Jan 19, 2009, 8:25 AM | Article By: Dawda Faye

Babucarr Khan, a former school teacher at SheikhMassKahSchool, was on 15th January 2009 arraigned before Magistrate Sagarr Jahateh of the Kanifing Magistrates' Court for obtaining money by false pretence. He denied the charge.

He was alleged to have received the sum of D75,000 from Malick Singhateh and his brother with the representation of assisting them to join with some boy scouts for a jamboree, a representation he knew was false.

Testifying, PW1, Malick Singhateh told the court that he was told by the accused that the school was going to organise a scout jamboree and he was next to the scout leader, Mr Momarr Njie. He said he discussed with the accused at the school about the proposed jamboree. He indicated that the accused went to his home to discuss the matter with his parents and his mother, Sally Suso, told the accused she would pay the amount requested by the accused. He went on to say that the accused told them that before he could take anyone to Europe for a jamboree, one has to be a scout member.

Further testifying, PW1 adduced that they went with the accused for a three-day training. He stated that his mother gave them D15,000 which they paid to the accused as first payment, and the wife of the accused's landlord was present. He continued to say that he made another payment of D35,000 and D25,000 respectively and was issued with a receipt by the accused. Mr Singhateh added that they were issued with a certificate by the accused after they attended the three-day training. He revealed that the accused promised them that their passports would be ready for their visas. He narrated that the accused had failed to refund them their money but instead fled to Senegal.

The case was adjourned until 28th January 2009.