Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Police Officer Testified in Bank PHB Theft Case


Banjul, The Gambia (TNBES) Police Officer, Inspector Ebou F. Badjie on Wednesday testified in the ongoing theft case involving Bakary Camara, staff of Bank PHB at the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court before Senior Magistrate Abdoulie Mbacke.
Camara is charged with three counts of stealing by servant contrary to Section 258 of the Criminal Code Cap 10 Volume III Laws of The Gambia 1990.
In his testimony Inspector Badjie told the court that he recognised the accused as Bakary Camara. He explained that it was on 23rd March, 2009 that the accused was arrested in connection with complains received by them (police) from the said bank.
According to him, a cautionary statement was obtained from the accused in English, adding that the accused was then caution and asked not to say anything about the matter, whatever he said will be written in the presence of an independent witness.
He also told the court that the accused wrote his statement by himself, and he and the independent witness signed.
At this point, The Counsel of Bank PHB, Anna Dibba stood up and appealed to tender the cautionary statement as an exhibit, which court admitted as exhibit D without any objection from the Defence Counsel.
Inceptor Badjie then quoted the first sentence of the cautionary statement to the court, which says that “I have to confess that I gave to Mr. Ndow, Mr. Chimi and Emeka.” Under cross examination, Inspector Badjie said apart from the cautionary statement, the accused did not tell him anything.
Readers would recalled that Bakary Camara, a resident of Serrekunda was granted bail to the tune of 900, 000 by the Kanifing Court on December 14, 2009. According to the particulars of offence, Bakary Camara between January and February 2009 being an employee or servant of Bank PHB Serrekunda Branch, fraudulently converted the sum of D120, 104.55, D146, 084.81 and D580, 979.57 from the said bank without the consent of the bank, which money came into his hands by virtue of being an employee of the bank.
He was said to have given the money as loan to one Ebrima Ndow, Christian Chimi and Emeka Orybam thereby committed an offence.
The case has been adjourned till 13th January 2010. Bank PHB was represented by State Counsel Anna Dibba, while the accused person was represented by lawyer Dr. Assan Martins. VOL:2 ISSN:15

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