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Man convicted for forgery

Oct 20, 2010, 1:35 PM | Article By: Yusuf Ceesay

The Kanifing Magistrates' Court presided over by Magistrate Tabally recently convicted and sentenced one Yaya Ceesay to serve six months in prison or pay a fine of D3000, based upon his own plea of guilty to a charge of making false documents.

Narrating the facts, police prosecutor CPL 3560 Colley told the court that the convict was told by his brother, Ba Foday, to help him, as he had all the necessary documents to travel except for a bank statement. He added that the convicted person replied that he would make arrangements with one Mr. Sunday.

According to him, the convict made an arrangement and collected a bank statement from Mr. Sunday, bearing the name of one Edrisa Touray. He added that the statement was from Bank PHB with account number 00210516688, which the convict sold to Ba Foday for D4000.

Further narrating, CPL Colley said on 18th August 2010, Ba Foday went to the US Embassy in Banjul for an interview, and was given a letter to be called later. On 30th August 2010, he was called to report the following day, which Ba Foday did.

"Upon arrival, he was given a rejection letter together with his supporting documents," CPL Colley stated. He revealed further that, while the applicant was walking out of the embassy's premises, he was arrested by the Kairaba Police Station officers, and taken to the station.

He added that the applicant was interrogated as to the source of the bank statement, and he told the police that it was the convict who gave it to him.

The prosecutor told the court that the convict was arrested, and he confirmed giving the said bank statement to the applicant.

"He was charged for making a false document, and brought before this court," CPL Colley added.

Consequently, he was convicted and sentenced accordingly, after a plea of mitigation before the court. 

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