Gambia: Assailant Gets Three-Month Jail Term

One Ismaila Conteh, a resident of London Corner was on Monday convicted and sentenced at the Bundung Magistrates' Court, presided over by Magistrate Landing M. Sanneh. The convict was charged with two-count criminal offences of common assault and attempt to commit a felony, both contrary to the Laws of The Gambia.

The particulars of the offence on count one stated that on the 9th May 2012 at London Corner in the Kanifing Municipality, the convict unlawfully and deliberately assaulted one Amadou Barry by blowing him on his face.

While on count two, the particulars of the offence stated that on the same date and place, the convict unlawfully entered into the house of the said Amadou Barry, intent to commit a felony, thereby committed an offence.

When the charges were read to the convict, he pleaded guilty on both counts and the prosecuting officer, Cadet Inspector K. Ceesay read the facts of the case, which the convict accepted and admitted as true. In his plea of mitigation, the convict told the court that he is a security officer. He said his father passed away and he had only one sister who is now married.

Sentence

Meanwhile, the presiding magistrate said upon hearing the convict's plea of guilt and acceptance of the facts as narrated by the police prosecutor, and for the facts that the convict is a first time offender, he convicted him as follows: on count one, the convict was sentenced to pay a fine of D2, 000 in default to serve two months' imprisonment. On count two, he was sentenced to pay a fine of D1, 000 in default to serve one-month imprisonment.

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