21 December 2012

Gambia: Thief Gets Two-Year Jail Term With Hard Labour

One Omar Sabally was on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 convicted and sentenced at the Bundung Magistrates' Court, presided over by Magistrate Landing M. Sanneh for the offence of theft, contrary to Section 252 of the Criminal Code, Laws of The Gambia. The convict was sentenced to serve a two-year imprisonment with hard labour, since he is not a first time offender.

The particulars of the offence revealed that the convict on the 26th October 2012 at Bundung in the Kanifing Municipality, the convict stole three mobile phones and a cash amount of D3, 500 being the properties of one Sanna Jatta, thereby committed an offence.

The convict however denied the charge leveled against him and during the trial the prosecution led by Sgt 1061 Jallow, called four witnesses in support of his case. The convict on the other hand testified as a lone witness, but the prosecutor was however able to prove its case beyond all reasonable doubts.

In his plea of mitigation, the convict told the court that his mother passed away and he is the only son of his mother. He therefore urged the court to temper justice with mercy. He was sentenced accordingly.

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