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Police officer testifies in fraud case

Apr 11, 2010, 8:47 PM

(Friday, 9th April 2010 Issue)
Inspector Baboucarr Jammeh, a police officer recently testified as the fifth prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of obtaining money by false pretence involving Ousman Kujabi, Saikou Trawally and Sulayman Sidibeh at the Brikama Magistrates' Court.

Testifying before Magistrate Effim, Inspector, Baboucarr Jammeh told the court that sometime in 2006, while he was on off duty, he received a telephone call from Sainey Kujabi, who informed him that the accused Saiku Trawally and Ousman Kujabi had taken money from him.

According to him, after receiving this information he told the complainant Sainey Kujabi to come to his home. He said the complainant then took some black papers and went with him to the police station for further investigation about the matter.

He said he later went with two police officers, including their driver one Bakary Bojang to arrest the two accused persons and brought them to the police station.

At the police station, he added, the two accused persons were cautioned by Badjie, a CID officer and they both confessed to him that they wanted to make money for the complainant, but it was unfortunate for them. There, he added, the accused persons begged the complainant for them to discuss it at family level to pay the money within three months.

Under cross-examination by defence counsel Buba Jawo, Inspector Jammeh was questioned as to what rank he held in 2006. In reply, Inspector Jammeh said he was a Corporal.

When further asked whether he had recorded the statement of the complainant when the complaint was lodged, he replied in the negative.

On the amount of money the accused persons allegedly took from the complainant, he replied in the negative.

He put to Inspector Jammeh from the statement of the second prosecution witness that D50, 000 was mentioned to him as an offer.

He said: "No, that is not true."

The case continues.