D500,000 fraud case in court
Monday, March 03, 2008
A D500,000 fraud case involving one Prince Victor, a Nigerian national (accused) and one Babucarr Bah, the complainant, recently continued at the Kanifing magistrates Court presided over by senior Magistrate Abdoulie Mbacke.
According to the charge sheet, count one revealed that Prince Victor in the month of December 2007, attempted to obtained money by handing over five bottles of fake animal vaccines, called Zulu Sulutions, to one Abdoulie Jallow and on the process got arrested.
Count two states that the accused on the same day, with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of D500,000 from one Babucarr Bah with the pretext that he had animal vaccines called Zulu Sulutions, knowing fully well that the said animal vaccines were fake.
He pleaded not guilty to both counts levelled against him.
In his testimony before the court, Babucar Bah, the complainant, who appeared as the Prosecution's first witness (PWI) told the court that he was a businessman and recognised the accused in the dock. He also recalled in December, 2007.
"On this very day I received a phone call from some unknown person informing me that he had some chemicals which can be use to inject cows and other livestocks. I told the caller that I did not know of any body who had been engaged in such business here in The Gambia.The caller however informed me that there was one Adelino, who normally deal with such items, and he even went on to give me Adelinos contact address," he said.
Mr Bah further adduced to the court that the caller also told him (Bah) that he was coming to The Gambia with an European friend who would need these animal vaccine chemicals in large quantities.
" I later contacted Adelino who later sold to me five bottles at the cost of over D75,000 through the accused," he added.
The said bottles were shown to him in court and he was able to indentify them before been admitted in evidence and marked as exhibits.
Also narrating his evidence in court, Buba E Sanyang, a first class constable attached to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Kairaba Police Station, said they received a tip-of that some Nigerians were playing some nasty game by obtaining money from people by false means. Constable Sanyang further narrated to the court that thorough investigations eventually led to the arrest of Prince Victor as he was about to sell the same products to Mr Bah (the complainant).
Sergeant 870 Touray represented the IGP at the trial.The case was then adjourned.
Author: by Sheriff Janko