Banjul Breweries officials’ trial set for judgement
Monday, July 09, 2012
The Special Criminal Court in Banjul, presided over by Justice Emmanuel Nkea has set a date to deliver judgement in the criminal trial involving the state against three Banjul Breweries Limited officials, charged with the offence of conspiracy to commit felony, stealing and cheating, contrary to the Laws of The Gambia.
According to the particulars of the offence, the accused persons: Joshua Wilson Jones, Baboucarr Camara and Paul Davies, are alleged to have, between the 1st November 2007 and 29th February 2008 at Banjul Breweries Ltd, at Kanifing, conspired to defraud Banjul Breweries Ltd of the sum of three million one hundred and ninety-four thousand and sixty-eight Dalasis (D3, 194, 068) by use of fictitious credit notes.
On the charge of cheating, the accused persons on the said date and place were alleged to have by means of fictitious credit notes fraudulently obtained from Banjul Breweries Ltd the sum of D3, 194, 068.
Whilst on the last count i.e. stealing by directors or officers of a company, contrary to Section 259 of the CC, Cap 10 Vol III, Laws of The Gambia 1990, Joshua Wilson Jones and Paul Davies are alleged on or about the 1st November 2007 and February 2008 at Banjul Breweries Ltd in Kanifing, being officers of Banjul Breweries Ltd, stole the sum of D3, 194, 068.
Addressing the Special Criminal Court in Banjul last Thursday, July 5th 2012, the team of defence counsel for the accused persons submitted that the prosecution failed to prove the charges against their clients. The court was however urged to acquit and discharge the accused persons. In his reply on points of law, DPP S.H Barkun submitted that the accused persons had meeting of minds to commit the alleged offences.
Meanwhile, the presiding judge, Justice Emmanuel Nkea adjourned the
matter to July 17th 2012 for judgement.
Author: Sidiq Asemota