8 November 2012

Gambia: Briton Murderer Appeals Against Sentence

One Kate Atori West, a convicted murderer, yesterday, November 7th 2012, appeared before the Gambia Court of Appeal, presided over by Justice Joseph Wowo as president, Justice Na-ceesay Sallah-Wadda and Justice Amie Joof as members, to appeal against her conviction and sentence by the High Court in Banjul.

The appellant, Kate Afori West, a Nigerian was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of her husband, William Jariath Aloysius West, a Briton. According to the charges, the appellant, on or about 18th June 2006, with malice afterthought, caused the death of William Jariath Aloysius West by hitting him with a pestle, at Sanyang Village, in the Kombo South District of West Coast Region.

When the matter came up yesterday, Justice Wowo told the court that the composition of the panel was not properly constituted.

The matter was then adjourned to December 13, 2012.

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