A former nominated National Assembly member, Tina Faal, who is standing a three-count charge of conspiracy, obtaining goods by false pretence and theft, has been ordered by Principal Magistrate Omar Cham of the Banjul Magistrate’s Court to take her plea on count three (theft).
Her defence counsel, Combeh Gaye last week objected to count three of the charges, saying Section 245 of the Criminal Code is the definition of stealing and not statement of offence as charged.
Ruling on the defence’s objection and the counter-objection by the police prosecutor yesterday, Magistrate Cham said he noticed on the charge sheet that on count three, the accused is charged under Section 252. He said he does not find count three incompetent and therefore ordered the accused person to take her plea.
Tina Faal is said to have conspired with one Babanding Sissoho to wit sold various parts of Boeing 727-234 SN 2216-55V TPA aircraft to one Alhagie Omar Keita with intent to defraud sometime between 2014 and 2016 in Banjul and diverse places. The aircraft is said to be the property of O’ Corporation Company Ltd.
With intent to defraud, Mrs Faal is also charged for selling various parts of Boeing 727-234 SN 2216-55V TPA aircraft belonging to O’ Corporation Company Ltd of Ireland by Sheriff Sale to one Alhagie Omar Keita when she fully knew or had reason to belief that the said flight was sold by the Sheriff of The Gambia by way of public auction.
On count three, she is said to have, with intent to permanently deprive through fraudulence, stolen and sold various parts of Boeing 727-234 SN 2216-55V TPA aircraft belonging to O’ Corporation Company Ltd of Ireland by Sheriff sale to Alhagie Omar Keita when she fully knew or had reason to belief that the said flight was bought by O’ Corporation Company from the Sheriff of The Gambia by way of public auction. She denied culpability of all the charges.
The case was adjourned to the 10th August 2016 for hearing.
by Lama S Jallow