The fraud trial involving Muhammed Kebbeh and Alhagie Ass John of Universal Trading Company on Monday failed to proceed before Magistrate Elizabeth Dun at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.
Kebbeh and John are charged with obtaining money by false pretence, cheating and impersonation in general from one Karafa Keita.
The case was set for continuation of cross-examination of Alieu Ceesay, a bailiff at the High Court, who was the second defence witness.
When the case was called, Lawyer SM Tambedou, the defence, announced his representation for the accused persons but the court was informed that the state counsel Lamin Jarju had travelled to Basse.
The court however confirmed that state counsel Jarju had sent official written information about his travel to Basse but this was argued by the defence counsel.
The defence lawyer submitted that since then the state counsel is always absent with one excuse after another. He said on 28th September, 2016, the state counsel wrote to the court seeking an adjournment because he was sick. He said on the said day he was at the High Court on a criminal matter and saw him (counsel Jarju) and confronted him.
He said he is beginning to suspect that the prosecution did not want to proceed in this case, saying the second defence witness Alieu Cessay, who is to testify is a senior judicial officer. “Today is the sixth time he is coming to the court and the case is adjourned,’’ he stressed.
The presiding magistrate, having listened to the defence submission adjourned the matter.
The accused persons are charged with obtaining money by false pretence and conspiracy to defraud contrary to the laws of the Gambia
The case was adjourned to 24th October 2016 for continuation of hearing.
by Amie Susso