Sadibou Badjie, a resident of Brikama last Thursday testified before Magistrate Isatou Janneh of the Brikama Magistrates’ Court as the fifth prosecution witness (PW5) in a two-count trial of obtaining money by false pretence and conduct conducive to breach of peace against one Landing Badjie.
Badjie is said to have obtained the amount of D30,000 from one Adama Jarju with intent to defraud in the month of May 2014 at Brikama Daru Hairu on the pretext that he was going to split timber wood for him.
He is also charged for behaving himself in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace on the same day.
In his testimony, the witness told the court that on the day of the incident, he met a man called Saul who asked the accused person’s phone number from him, which he said he provided to the man.
He said Saul and the accused person were in timber business and the business was going on smoothly until one day when Adama, the first prosecution witness requested him (witness) to provide him with the accused person’s phone number.
The witness testified that Adama said he wanted to enter into timber business with the accused person but he (witness) told him that he cannot give him the accused person’s phone number because he (Adama) and the accused are closely related and timber business is always related with problems.
He told the court that he does not know how Adama got the accused person’s phone number. He said one day his uncle called him from Foni and informed him that the accused person was with some people. He said he asked his uncle if Saul was among those people and he responded in the positive.
He said the accused and the team split 30 pieces of timber logs but 4 out of that number were not good and they proceeded to cut another one which, he said brought problem between the team members.
According to the witness, Adama later came to him (witness) to inform him about the accused and his team members’ problem and he (witness) reminded Adama that he had earlier refused to provide him with the accused person’s phone number because he was expecting a problem.
He said the accused had informed him that he has given 80 pieces of timber logs to Adama which, he said the accused did not.
The witness further told the court that when Adama and others were doing business with the accused, he was not aware of it, saying while he was in Serrekundanding one day, Adama called and asked him to go with the accused person.
He said after some days, he asked Adama to go to Santanba in Foni. He said he communicated to the accused to know if Adama was around and he responded in the positive.
He said Adama later called him (witness) and informed him that the timber logs that the accused person gave him were 4 to 5 meters long. He said what he knew is that Adama gave D15, 000 to the accused person but no timber logs were given to Adama.
During cross-examination, the witness told the court that he was never aware of the accused giving Adama timber logs that are 4 to 5 meters long. He said Adama had told him that he gave the accused nothing above D15,000. He also admitted that he does not know if it was Adama who owns the trip of timber from Santanba.
The matter is adjourned to 7th September, 2016.
by Fatou Gassama