The three counts charges of conspiracy, obtaining goods by false pretence and theft against Tina Faal, a former nominated National Assembly member has failed to proceed before Principal Magistrate Omar Cham at Banjul Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
The case was set for hearing but failed to proceed after the court was informed that the presiding magistrate was sick.
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 believe 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 believe that the said flight was bought by O’ Corporation Company from the Sheriff of The Gambia by way of public auction. She had denied culpability of all the charges.
In the last sitting, her defence counsel, Combeh Gaye objected to the third count, saying Section 245 of the Criminal Code is the definition of stealing and not statement of offence as charged.
The counsel cited relevant authorities to back herself but her argument was questioned by the Police Prosecutor, Inspector S Sanyang, who has said that Counsel Gaye misconceived the Section.
The case is now adjourned to the 16th August, 2016 for hearing.
by Lama S Jallow