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Gambia National Lottery case commences

Sep 6, 2013, 1:00 PM | Article By: Dawda Faye

Alagie Ngum, who sued the Gambia National Lottery at the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court on 5 September 2013, told the court what transpired between him and the GNL.

The case was presided over by Magistrate Jobarteh.

Being led by Lawyer Borry Touray, his counsel, the plaintiff, Alagie Ngum, told the court he lives at Sinchu Alagie and was working at the Gambia National Lottery as sales clerk.

He adduced that he won a lottery jackpot from the defendant to the tune of D142,000 on 15 July 2012, adding that when the result was out, he had a ticket and he confirmed to the defendant that he had won.

He said the defendant also confirmed that he had won, stating that when he won, it took two weeks to pay him.

He posited that after two weeks, the defendant gave him an advance payment of D12,955, adding that the defendant issued him a payment voucher dated 9 August 2012, for D67,055 to be received by him as partial payment.

Mr Ngum testified that the defendant issued him with three cheques bearing the date of the voucher, and that the cheques were postdated, adding that he should have received the balance on 18 October 2012.

Borry Touray rose and applied to tender the postdated cheques and payment vouchers. The said documents were admitted by the court, since the defendant was not present in court.

Alagie Ngum further told the court that he was not able to cash the postdated cheques because they were not honoured, adding that there was no money in the account of the defendant.

He said that after the payment of D12,955, no payment was made to him by the defendant, further stating that he was claiming D129,055 as the balance.

At this juncture, Borry Touray applied to the court to enter judgement in favour of the plaintiff, and also for the court to award general damages to the plaintiff.

Magistrate Jobarteh did not grant the application and told the court that the case would be adjourned for the defendant to cross-examine the plaintiff.

The case was adjourned till 3 October 2013. 

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