20 August 2010

Gambia: Basse High Court Sentences - Three to Death

Justice Lamin Jobarteh, a travelling High Court Judge on Thursday 19th August 2010 sentenced three armed robbers to death. The three were found guilty on five counts, including murder, conspiracy to cause dead, robbery with actual bodily harm and intent to cause grievous harm.

On count one, Bangally Jallow, Sambo Doro Bah and Sunkari Kanthe were convicted and sentenced to death for shooting one Mamadou Jallow to death at Miseraba Mariama in the Kantora District of URR on 21st September 2004. They were found guilty of count two which states that Baba Galleh Jallow, Samba Doro Bah and Sunkaru Kanteh conspired with each other and caused the dead of one Mamadou Jallow at Miseraba Mariama on the 21st September 2004.

Count three states that the trio also used violence and as a result robbed one Sadibou Kah at the same place.

Count four states that the same people has robbed Sadibou Kah of D7000.00. According to count five the trio also intended to do grievous harm to one Adama Njie.

The convicts refused to make a plea in mitigation, arguing that they have not done any thing wrong, that would warrant them to ask for mercy.

Justice Jobarteh in his judgment highlighted that cases of murder have now become rampant in the Gambia. He said our society which should be free and secure is now been completely polluted by offences of this nature. He stressed that he can't close his eyes to the loss of life and property not to mention the grief it has caused to the families deceased.

The same convicts are awaiting another judgment related to the murder of one Alhagie Bangally Touray of Giddah in Kantora District of URR at the same high court in Basse.

The convicts could be heard complaining bitterly in the Fula language among themselves that they have not committed the crime but god is great.

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