Court Grants D70,000 Bail to Alleged Fraudster

Court Grants D70,000 Bail to Alleged Fraudster

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Magistrate Isatou Jammeh of the Brikama Magistrates’ Court Tuesday granted bail to one Lamin Ceesay who is accused of fraud.

The magistrate ordered that Ceesay’s bail condition would include his provision of one Gambian surety who must hold a valid national identity card and swear to an affidavit of mean. He also ordered the accused to deposit his travel documents to the court registrar pending the determination of the case.

Ceesay is accused to have, with intent, defraud, obtained D39,000 and D25, 000 from Ebrima Jallow and Omar Jawo sometime in the month of May 2016 at Brikama on the pretext that he was going to procure a European visa for them, which he knew or have reasons to believe that such representation is false. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The police prosecuting officer, Sergeant 2294 Jammeh applied for the adjournment of the case to enable them bring their witnesses. He had however objected to the granting of bail to the accused person saying since he was granted a police bail, it took him a month to report at the police station.

Prosecutor Jammeh said the second reason he was objecting to granting of bail to the accused is because he lives in the United Kingdom.

He said the accused had informed the police that he would be going back to the UK on 19th September. “So even if the court grants him bail we would want it to ask him to deposit his traveling documents.”

He said if the accused is given bail without such conditions, his return to UK would be the end of the case but the accused maintained that he will never do that because his mother is in The Gambia.

by Fatou Gassama