May 19, 2009, 7:01 AM
Two men, Modou Cham and Tapha Joof, were yesterday convicted and sentenced to a fine of D5,000 each in default to serve one year in prison.
According to the particulars of the offence, on 15 November 2010, the convicted persons obtained D125,000, from one Lamin Dampha under the pretext of allocating him a land at Sukuta, which they knew was false at the time.
The trial magistrate in his judgement stated that the convicts pleaded not guilty of the charge preferred against them and in trying to discharge the burden of proving their case, the prosecution called in two witnesses in support of their case and the defence also called in two witnesses in their defence.
Magistrate Foster pointed out that after a marathon trial, he found the convicted persons guilty as charged.
He added that the witnesses called by the police were very consistent and reliable.
He consequently convicted and sentenced them accordingly and ordered that the money recovered be returned to the owner.