Magistrate Isatou Janneh of the Brikama Magistrates’ Court has levied a fine of D5,000 on one Saho Sankareh who was facing a charge of impersonation.
The magistrate ruled that should Saho failed to settle the fine she would serve one year imprisonment. She said the court levied that fine on Saho because she is a first time offender.
She was accused of disguising herself to be Bayo Sankareh by presenting her Spanish passport with number AAK036098 with intent to travel to Barcelona in Spain on or about 20th August 2016 at Banjul International Airport.
Police prosecutor Corporal 3999 Secka said on the day of the incident, Saho presented a Spanish passport at the airport profiling desk bearing the name of Bayo Sankareh with intent to travel to Spain.
He said the officer at the profiling desk interview her and later detected that she was not the owner of the passport. He said the invalidity of her document was fully confirmed when she issued her Gambian national identity card with number 04029201085 bearing her name.
Prosecutor Secka said Saho was arrested and was later cautioned and charged. Corporal Secka then applied to tender Saho’s identity card together with the passport to be marked as exhibits which was granted by the presiding magistrate and they were marked as exhibits A and A1.
Saho has pleaded for the court to exercise mercy on her, saying her husband has not been around for a very long time. She promised that she would never try it again in her life.
by Fatou Gassama