10 December 2012

Gambia: 14-Month Jail Term for Burglar

Magistrate Dayoh Dago Small of the Kanifing Magistrates' Court on Tuesday sentenced one Balla Secka, a resident of Bakau, for house breaking and theft, both contrary to the Laws of The Gambia.

The particulars of the offence on count one stated that the accused on October 30th 2012, at Bakau Janneh Kunda, broke into the house of one Yaya Touray intent to commit felony, therein to wit stealing.

Count two indicated that the accused on the same day and place broke into the house of the said Yaya Touray and stole the following items: fiscal cash of D400, a DVD player valued at D800, Samsung and Nokia mobile phones valued at D1, 450, wrist watch valued at D1, 500, one pair of trouser valued at D150, ID card and TIN number; total value of stolen items being D3, 300, being the properties of the said Yaya Touray.

The accused pleaded not guilty on both counts and the prosecuting officer, Chief Inspector A. Jammeh called six witnesses and tendered four exhibits in support of his case, while the accused testified alone. The prosecution was however able to prove its case beyond all reasonable doubt, and the presiding magistrate found the accused guilty as charged.

The accused during his plea of mitigation begged the court to temper justice with mercy but the magistrate in his judgement told the court that such offences should not be treated in light circumstance. The accused was sentenced to six months in prison with hard labour on count one, and eight months in prison with hard labour on count two respectively.

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