Kawsu Jaiteh, an accused person who is defending himself in a two-count charge of theft and cheating Tuesday continued his testimony as first defence witness before Magistrate Omar Cham of the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.
Jaiteh is accused of stealing US$383,400 as money given to him by Boubacarr Jallow to transfer it to Abdoulie Sawaneh in China and instead he ran with the money to The Gambia. He is alleged to have committed the crime on or about 9th April 2013 in Luanda, Angola.
The offence contravenes Section 245 of the Criminal Code Cap 10 Volume III of the 2009 revised laws of The Gambia and punishable under Section 252 of the Criminal Procedure Code Cap 10 Volume III.
He is also accused of obtaining the said sum by means of fraudulent trick contrary to Section 290 of the Criminal Procedure Code Cap 10 Volume III of the 2009 revised laws of The Gambia.
In his testimony, Jaiteh denied both allegations, maintaining that he cannot steal money from someone who he does not know.
His defence counsel Ida Drammeh asked if it was true that Boubacarr Jallow had stated in his evidence that he gave him (Jaiteh) $384,600 and later on the same day he said that the amount was $383,400 and whether it was true that Jallow had reported him to the Angolan Police, Jaiteh maintained that Boubacarr Jallow never gave him money and he was never taken to the Angolan Police.
He maintained that the money problem he remembered was that of one Emmanuel Franko. He said Franko was given money by himself (Jaiteh), Abdoulie Touray, Boubacarr Sillah and one Chinese man to transfer it to Dubai and Hong Kong but the money was seized by the police at the airport.
He said he did not transfer the money through the bank because it is difficult to go with money to the bank in Angola because of tax details and the status of their company.
The case is adjourned for continuation.
by Aji Fatou Lemon