By Dawda Faye
Magistrate Mam Samba of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court on the 9th August, 2018, convicted James Doe, a Nigerian national and sentenced him to a fine of D25,000, out of which he should pay D10,000 instantly.
He should also pay D7,500 in installments on the 3rd September, 2018, and another D7, 500 on the 1st October, 2018.
According to Prosecutor Bobb, he was a first-time offender.
He was earlier arraigned along with Dandy Omokaro, also a Nigerian national, who was acquitted and discharged. According to Magistrate Samba, the prosecution failed to prove the case against him. “If there is doubt in the mind of the court, it is resolved in favour of the accused,” she told the court.
Prosecutors presented an indictment bill before the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court which stated that some time in the month of May, 2017, at Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB), Kairaba Branch, in the Kanifing Municipality of the Republic of The Gambia, Dandy Omokaro and James Doe attempted to commit a felony to wit: sent an email to one Malick Mboob of GTB, authorizing the bank to effect a transfer of $5,120 from one Omar Tunkara’s account with number 216852730210 to the account of one Dandy Omokaro with number 2105502351590.
Prosecutor Oley Bobb, who was flanked by her lieutenants, represented the Inspector General of Police.