Principal Magistrate Moses Richards of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court yesterday sentenced one Muhammed Bah, a fake animal vaccine dealer to ten years in prison, without any option of a fine. This came after he was found guilty of obtaining US$ 2970, under the pretext that he will deliver animal vaccine to one Fomma Ceesay, which turns to be false.
Magistrate Richards, in his judgement, said the evidence of the complainant, Fomma Ceesay, was corroborated by the second prosecution witness, Ousman Jallow, a security officer at Gamtel House in Banjul.
The learned Magistrate added that the accused has never denied receiving fake vaccine from Mr Adelino, his business partner as he had confirmed in his cautionary statement that Mr Adelino has given him the vaccine to deliver to the complainant, Fomma Ceesay.
According to Magistrate Richards, “the accused person was suspicious that the transaction was illegal, that is why he parked his personal vehicle around the offices of Africell and hired another to deliver the said vaccine to the complainant’. Magistrate Richards, said even though the accused alleged that his vehicle had a puncture, the police were able to drive the said vehicle to the police station.
He stressed that Mr Bah is a notorious criminal, who was brought to the same court on similar charges, a few years ago. He then sentenced him to 8 years in jail, without an option of a fine and ordered him to compensate the complainant the amount of US $2970 or serve additional two years.