Garda suggested deceased ‘be made suspect’ of credit card and computer fraud, court hears

Jooda Akanbi
Jooda Akanbi

A murder trial has heard that a garda had suggested that the deceased ‘be made suspect’ of credit card and computer fraud two years before he died.

However, the trial at the Central Criminal Court heard that he was never arrested or charged and had no convictions.

The defence called the garda to the witness box this morning in the trial of a 39-year-old man charged with murdering him with a baseball bat in broad daylight on a town’s main street.

The trial has heard that the charge arose out of a fight between the two men on October 10th, 2013 on Main Street, Swords, Co Dublin.

Jooda Akanbi (39) is charged with murdering 45-year-old Taiwo Jamani on November 13th, 2013, the date of his death in Beaumont Hospital due to a severe, traumatic brain injury.

Mr Akanbi of Ashton Avenue, Applewood in Swords pleaded not guilty to murdering his fellow Nigerian.

Garda Damien Rogers was called to the witness box by the defence this morning.

He said that he searched an apartment at The Bakery, George’s Hill, Balbriggan, Co Dublin on July 26th, 2011.

He said the deceased was one of three people present and gave his address as Dublin Street in the town. However, the garda said that all his possessions were found in a bedroom at the premises being searched and that it was obvious that he was living in there.

He said that it was a computer business address under the name, Data Links, which was owned by the deceased.

Gda Rogers said he made an entry in the Garda Pulse system: “All three should be made suspect of computer and credit card fraud, along with the premises itself.”

However, he said there was no prosecution of any of these people and Mr Jamani had no previous convictions.

Under cross examination by the prosecution, he agreed that the prime target of the search was not there that day. However, this man was later arrested for possession of credit cards ready to be cloned.

Mr Akanbi had testified that he had fallen out with the deceased after he claimed the deceased accused him of telling people about his fraudulent business.

The trial continues this afternoon.