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UK-based Gambian Charged With Stealing

Sep 3, 2009, 7:49 AM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

One Momodou Lamin Dibba, a UK-based Gambian was yesterday arraigned before a

Magistrate Court
in Banjul, charged with stealing, a charge he denied.

According to the particulars of offence, on 16th October 2008, at the Tottenham Hale Rail Station North London in the UK, Mr. Dibba unlawful and fraudulently converted to his personal use the sum of 10,000 pound sterling, equivalent to D430, 000.00 given to him by one Pa Fadera for one Sheriffo Touray of Bakau.

Inspector Keita, the prosecuting officer, told the court that in view of the fact that the offence committed is a bilabial one, but due to the circumstances surrounding the case he should not be granted bail.

He cited Section 99 (1) of CPC to back-up his submission.

He further adduced that the prosecution also have similar constitutional rights as the accused to object to the bail. 

He said the prosecution's submission for the accused to be denied bail, is being that the accused had been staying in the UK for several years, noting that the offence occurred in the UK. He posited that the accused might jump bail and depart from the jurisdiction if granted bail.

He added that the complainant in this case is in the UK and had made several attempts in and out of the UK to lay hands on the accused, but to no avail.

He said it is not until when the accused arrived in the country when he was arrested after frantic efforts. He further told the court that the police are still investigating the matter.

In his ruling, Magistrate Surahata Danso stated that although the offence committed is bailable one, but after carefully listening to the submission of the prosecution, he would hence remand the accused in police custody.

But the accused said he prefers going to Mile Two Prison.

The case was adjourned to 7th September 2009 for trial.