Gambia: 'Reckless' Driving Lands Juvenile in Court

A 16-year-old boy (name withheld) from Brusubi was on Thursday 12 July 2012 arraigned at the Bunding Magistrates Court, presided over by Magistrate Landing Sanneh charged with rash and negligent driving causing death, contrary to the Laws of The Gambia.

The particulars of the offence stated that on the 6th of July 2012 at Brusubi in the Kombo North West Coast Region the convict drove a motor vehicle with registration number KM 2058 in a rash and negligent manner, which caused the death of one Dembo Jatta, thereby committed offence.

When the matter was read to him, the accused pleaded not guilty, and the prosecutor Sgt 1883 Bojang applied for an adjournment so that the case file can be taken to the AG Chambers for legal advise, because the accused person is 16 years old.

The presiding magistrate however told the accused to bring his birth certificate to prove that he is 16 in the next adjourned date. He added that if that is proven, then the case will be transferred to the children court. The accused was granted bail in the sum of D1, 000 with two Gambian sureties.

The case was then adjourned to 25th July 2012 for trial.

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