Two persons, namely, Gaston Jatta and Lamin Kamaso were on Tuesday convicted and sentenced at the Bundung Magistrates' Court presided over by Magistrate Kijera for the offence theft and receiving stolen properties, both contrary to the Laws of The Gambia.
The two convicts were sentenced to pay a fine of D15, 000 each in default to serve one year and six months imprisonment on count one, while on count two, the second accused was acquitted and discharged.
The facts of the case revealed that on September 3rd 2011 at Brufut in the Kombo North of West Coast Region, the two accused persons jointly stole two solar panels valued at D60, 000 being the properties of one Ken Perkins, thereby committed an offence. On count two, the particulars stated that on the same date and place the 1st accused received two solar panels having known or reason to believe same to have been unlawfully obtained, thereby committed an offence.
The second accused however denied the charge leveled against him on count two. During the trial, the prosecution led by Inspector Touray called three witnesses in support of his case while the two convicts testified as a lone witness each, but the prosecution was however able to prove its case beyond all reasonable doubts against them.
In his plea of mitigation, the 1st convict told the court that his father passed away and his brother too died and that he left five children and wife with them. He said his wife is not working and further told the court that his mother is old and that, he himself is a married man with two children. He said he is the breadwinner of his family and pleaded for mercy.