The D33 Million theft trial involving Babucarr Badjie a former employee of Associated Pre-Mix Oil Company, on Tuesday at the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court suffered another setback due to the non sitting of the presiding Magistrate Hilary Abeke.
The prosecuting officer ASP Fadera together with the defense counsel Pa Harry Jammeh in consultation with the court clerk adjourned the case to Tuesday 27th September 2016 for hearing and this is after the case suffered series of non proceedings.
According to the information gathered by this reporter, the presiding magistrate did not sit over cases in the morning due to the hot weather which coincided with power shortage; he was however later seen busy with other administrative activities.
Readers would recall that the case is still at the cross-examination stage of the company’s Operation Manager Ousman Jammeh who was asked by the defense counsel Pa Harry Jammeh to produce his academic qualifications to the court to justify a report he claimed to have wrote against the accused person.
The witness’s earlier evidence before the court was that he oversees the Auditing of the company and that he conducted a review on the accused person’s daily banking transaction on the company’s accounts after which he realized that there are some discrepancies which amounted to about D33 Million, a report of which was tendered as exhibit in court.
The case stands adjourned to Tuesday 27th September for the said witness to present his academic qualifications to the court.
By Meita Touray