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Uncle testifies against nephew

Oct 12, 2010, 12:55 PM | Article By: Yusuf Ceesay

One Ousman Joof a complainant yesterday testified against his nephew, Muhammed Cham, who was arraigned before Magistrate Tabally of the Kanifing Magistrate's Court for allededly stealing 1190 bags of cement valued at D214, 200, which charge he denied.

Ousman Joof, who appeared as a witness for the prosecution, told the court that he is a driver, and went for treatment when he fell ill. He added that when he came back, he told his friend that his health would not enable him to continue as a driver.

He then engaged in the selling of cement, after agreeing with Gacem to supply him 300 bags of cement a day.

He further told the court that a friend of his, called Ebrima Kaw Jallow, supplied him 2000 bags of cement, and that he subsequently supplied 1500 bags of cement to his friend out of the 2000 bags.

When Ebrima Kaw Jallow demanded the remaining 500 bags, this was at a time when he had handed over most of the business to his nephew, and had informed him that his friend would need the 500 bags. 

He further said that his nephew started giving him endless excuses, including that he had supplied the 500 bags to his customers and friends.

He narrated that then he was suddenly called by Gacem demanding their money for 300 bags they supplied to the accused person.

He stated that his nephew did not say anything about the missing bags of cement, and that the accused was also advised to go to Gacem, and see how best to settle the matter, which he failed to do.

The accused was granted bail in the sum of D500, 000 with two Gambian sureties, one of whom should be in possession of a landed property within the Greater Banjul Area.

The case was adjourned to 18th October 2010 for continuation.

Corporal 335 Nying stood for the IGP.