First Accused Opens Defence in False Pretence Trial

First Accused Opens Defence in False Pretence Trial




Michael Touray, a businessman who is facing a two-count charge trial for allegedly obtaining money by false pretence and forgery, yesterday opened his defence before Magistrate Elizabeth Don at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.

In his testimony, Touray stated that he was once approached by Ebra Jobe, who introduced himself to him as Ala. The accused said he told Jobe that Ala is not a name but Jobe insisted that he should address him as Ala.

He said Jobe told him that he has three vehicles at the Banjul sea port. Touray said he went with Jobe to one Mr Davis to enquire the details of the vehicles but Davis told them that the vehicles were coming in the name of one Kaddy Sillah.

He said Jobe later took him around the sea port and showed him three vehicles: one BMW, a VA Golf and a Nissan. “We took the chassis numbers of the vehicles and took them to Mr Davis and he gave us a manifest number and said the vehicles are under demurrage,” he said.

Touray said they later went to the Gambia Revenue Authority to make a custom entry. He said there, he asked Jobe to communicate to the sender of the vehicles to go to the shipping company in Germany to request a leading bill and make a telex reading to enable him release the vehicles. “I was given D40,000 to pay for the vehicles.”

Case adjourned for continuation.

by Aji Fatou Lemon