30 November 2012

Gambia: Parties Ordered to File Briefs in Drug Peddler's Appeal Case

The Gambia Court of Appeal presided over by Justice M.M Agyemang, yesterday ordered parties in the criminal appeal case involving a convicted drug peddler, David Jatta and the State (Respondent) to file brief of arguments.

The appellant, David Jatta was found guilty on drug peddling offence and was convicted and sentenced to pay the sum of D1M in default to serve five years imprisonment, in addition to serve 10 years mandatory jail term by the Brikama Magistrates' Court on the 23rd August 2007.

Being dissatisfied with the Magistrates' Court's decision, the appellant filed an appeal at the High Court before Justice Na Ceesay Sallah-Wadda who affirmed the Magistrates' Court's decision on the 10th June 2009.

Meanwhile, the Gambia Court of Appeal however gave the appellant 28 days to file his brief of argument and the State was ordered to file its briefs on the receipt of the appellant's brief. The appellant was further given some days to file its reply on points of law to the State's (Respondent) brief on the 11th February 2013.

The matter was however adjourned to the 12th February 2013 for adoption of briefs.

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