The accused person in the D33M theft trial, Babucarr Badjie, on Tuesday pleaded to the Principal Magistrate Hilary Abeke of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court to review his bail condition.
Badjie a former Finance Officer at the Associated Pre-Mix Oil Company is standing trial on a charge of stealing. He was accused stealing D33M from the company’s accounts, an allegation he denied. He was earlier granted court bail in the sum of D35M with two Gambian sureties each to submit a title deed worth not less than D17M situated within the Greater Banjul Area.
In the absence of his Lawyer Pa Harry Jammeh, the accused person told the court that his family members are ready to stand as sureties for him but the bail conditions are too harsh for his family to fulfill.
He appealed to the court to review the bail condition and further grant him four sureties with landed properties outside the Greater Banjul Area.
“I cannot give you more than two sureties. If one of your family members is willing to serve as your surety and have documents more than D33M can deposit it, likewise two sureties. If the accused should abscond the jurisdiction, the sureties will have to answer and forfeit the bail condition, so I cannot put another person into another problem by virtue of your own problem”, the magistrate told accused.
Magistrate Abeke added that his hands are tied on the reviewing of accused person’s bail condition since the prosecuting officer Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Fadera has objected to the same application earlier.
The continuation of cross-examination of the company’s Operation Manager could not proceed because the defense lawyer was absent.
The case was adjourned to the 11th October 2016 for the continuation of cross-examination.
By Meita Touray