Gambia: D20,000 Fine for Felon

The Bundung Magistrates' Court, presided over by Magistrate Landing M. Sanneh, on Friday, November 30th 2012 convicted and sentenced one Clinton Odiwomma for conspiracy to commit a felony and making false documents.

On count one, the convict was sentenced to pay a fine of D10, 000 in default to serve two years imprisonment. On count two, he was sentenced to pay another fine of D10, 000 in default to serve two years imprisonment.

The particulars of the offence on count one stated that in the month of February 2012 at Bijilo, the convict conspired to make Trust Bank statement and a covering letter for account No 1180479701 and letter of employment, pay slips, leave letter and letter of recommendation in the name of Clinton Odiwomma, knowing it to be false.

For count two the particulars stated that in the month of March 2012 at the German Embassy in Bijilo, the convict, by false pretence with the intent to defraud, uttered a Trust Bank statement and a covering letter, account No 1180479701, in his name, with the pretext of securing a German visa, knowing the same to be false and untrue, thereby committed an offence.

When the charges were read to the convict, he pleaded not guilty and prosecution led by Sergeant 1674 Ceesay called two witnesses to prove his case against the convict. The convict in his plea of mitigation begged the court for mercy, saying he is a family man and a first time offender.

Meanwhile the presiding Magistrate sentenced him accordingly.

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