Jul 31, 2012, 10:44 AM
One Hamidou Jallow, a defendant, was recently dragged before the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court by plaintiff Cherno Musa Jallow, who claimed D8,400, being the sum of money due to him.
The plaintiff told the court the defendant used to come to his shop to take goods on credit, which would be repaid later.
He said that on the defendant’s last trip to his shop, he took twenty bags of flour on credit amounting to D15,400, out of which he paid only D4,000 a month later by sending one of his boys to bring the money to him.
The plaintiff added that the defendant promised to pay him the rest of the balance by installments of D1,000 monthly, which should have lasted for three months.
He revealed that seven months later, he was still following the defendant to pay him the balance, adding that the defendant told him he had a plot of land in Basse which he intended to sell and pay him the balance of the debt between them.
He said he told the defendant he also took the goods on credit which he had to pay back.
Cherno further revealed that when he reported the matter to the police station, the defendant denied the claim in the presence of the police saying he owed him nothing, adding that he was therefore advised to proceed to court.
Under cross-examination, the defendant’s counsel put it to the plaintiff that they did threaten the defendant, but the plaintiff denied it, saying they only went to arrest him so that the matter could be resolved at the police station.
When told that the defendant was an asthmatic patient, the plaintiff said he did not know anything about his sickness.
The case was then adjourned till 3 January 2012.