A young man who is charged by prosecutors at the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court on three criminal offences including money laundering and illegally stealing from The Gambia Ports Authority (GPA) bank account had denied responsibility of the allegations.
Patrick Godwin will now defend himself on charges of stealing from The Gambia Ports Authority’s Guaranty Trust Bank account, forgery and money laundering before Magistrate Hilary Abeke.
Prosecution alleges Godwin of stealing D354, 000 from The Gambia Ports Authority’s (GPA) Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) account No.021100023111001 by sending a purported transfer request.
He is also alleged to have forged a false fund request transfer document in the name of The Gambia Ports Authority and successfully caused the bank to transfer D354, 000 from The Gambia Ports Authority account to his personnel Eco Bank Account.
Without authority or claim of right, Godwin is also said to have illegally requested fund transfer from the Gambia Ports Authority account at the Guaranty Trust Bank to his personal Eco Bank Account.
He is granted a court bail in the sum of D500, 000 with two Gambian sureties who must swear to affidavit of means and disclose their homes and office addresses to the court registry. The court also ordered that the sureties must deposit their identification cards to the court.
The case is adjourned to 3rd November for hearing.
by Meita Touray