20 November 2012

Gambia: Rapist Appeals Against High Court's Decision

Samba Baldeh, a rape convict has filed a notice of appeal before the Gambia Court of Appeal challenging his conviction and sentence by the High Court. Samba Baldeh was convicted and sentenced by Justice Lamin M. Jobarteh to serve 25 years imprisonment on the 28th April 2010 for the offence of rape, contrary to Section 121 and punishable under Section 122 of the Criminal Code Cap 10 Vol III, Laws of The Gambia 1990.

The appellant was found guilty of having an unlawful carnal knowledge of a lady at Sinchu Bora village in the Central River Region on the 21st July 2002. When the matter came up yesterday, November 19th 2012 before the said court, Lawyer Oleidi Uduma of the National Legal Aid Agency told the court that she received the order to represent the appellant but had not receive the record of proceedings from the subordinate court.

At that point, the appellant, Samba Baldeh informed the court that he had been served with the record of proceedings. Lawyer Uduma however craved the court's indulgence to grant them time to collect the record of proceedings and file the necessary processes.

The matter was adjourned to the 4th December 2012.

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