Abou Barry, a resident of Salaji and a Police Officer attached at the Bundung Prosecution Unit last Monday testified as first prosecution witness in a false pretence case involving Lamin Jatta presiding before Magistrate MSM Jallow of the Bundung Magistrates’ Court.
Jatta is alleged to have obtained D350, 000 from one Haddy Barry by false pretence between the months of January to March 2016 at Sukuta. The act contravenes Section 288 of the Criminal Code Cap 10:01 Volume III of the laws of The Gambia.
In his testimony, Barry stated that between the months of January to March this year, the complainant who was in Darfur came to The Gambia on a two weeks holiday. He said during the complainant’s stay in the country, she intended to buy a plot of land and one Sulay; a police officer introduced her to the accused person.
He said the accused told the complainant that he have many plots of land at different locations for sale. “The complainant said she would buy the one at the Sukuta coastal road highway and they agreed on a price,” the witness said.
According to the witness, the complainant paid D150, 000 to the accused person and few days later, he paid another 150, 000. He said when the complainant returned to Darfur, she sent another amount through him (witness) but he (witness) advised he that they should keep the money because since the first two payments he made, the accused person did not provide any land document to him but the complainant insisted that the money should be given to the accused person because she had shown her the land.
The witness said some two weeks later, he took money to the complainant’s sister Jainaba Barry to their village which was sent to her by the complainant. He said few days later the sister paid the money to the accused person but the accused person did not still issue any document.
He said the complainant later sent some money for construction on the land but workers at the land were arrested by someone who claimed the land belong to him. He said they were taken to Sukuta police station where he (witness) and the accused person were invited
According to the witness, at the police station, the accused voluntarily and willingly handed over D150, 000 and promised to pay the rest of the amount. He said the accused also confessed that he made a mistake by selling the land to the complainant.
by Awa Gassama