Principal Magistrate Kebba Baldeh of the Banjul Magistrates’ Court last Thursday granted bail to one Peter Goddard in the sum of D450, 000 in a single charge of stealing. He is defending himself before the court.
The magistrate ordered Goddard to prove two Gambian sureties who must swear to an affidavit of mean and that one of them must deposit a title deed to the registry of the court as coditions of the bail.
Goddard is accused of selling a land and fraudulently converted the proceeds to his own personal use when he was instructed by one Peter Engles to dispose the property situated behind the Brufut Gardens Housing Estate in Kombo North if he saw a potential buyer at an amount of $15,000 equivalent to D500, 000. He denied the accusation.
His defence counsel, Lawyer E.E Chime applied for the granting of bail to his client since he has denied the accusation.
He argued that neither the defence nor the accused person was served with the charged sheet, assuring that the accused person will not abscond if he is granted bail, saying he is a well-respected family man.
In his ruling, the presiding magistrate granted bail to the accused person and ruled that the title deed should be deposed before the next adjourned date.
The case is adjourned to 7th December, 2016 for hearing.
by Amie Susso & Awa Gassama