Gambia: Careless Driver Convicted

At a sitting of the Brikama Magistrates' Court presided over by Principal Magistrate Hilary Abeke, on Monday 14th January 2013, one Ebrima Ndong was convicted to pay a fine of D500 in default to serve one-year in prison. The convict was found guilty of the offence of careless driving contrary to the Laws of The Gambia.

According to the facts of the case as narrated by the police prosecutor Corporal 2294 Jammeh, the incident happened on the 29th October 2012 between 2:00pm and 2:30pm when the accused drove a motor vehicle with registration number WCR 3879 A, from Mandinaba heading to Brikama. On arrival at Botrop Senior Secondary School junction, he explained, the convict saw a vehicle in front with registration number BJL 7403D, which he knocked one side and caused damages.

CPL Jammeh asserted that the traffic officers were called at the scene of the accident where a sketch plan was taken in the presence of both drivers. He revealed that the convict thumb printed, and the other driver signed the sketch plan.

The prosecutor further explained that both vehicles were taken to the Brikama Police Station for testing, where certificates of provision were issued for both drivers. He applied to tender the sketch plan and provision certificate, which were all marked as exhibits in evidence. In his plea of mitigation, the convict appealed to the court to temper justice with mercy, saying he is a first time offender. He was therefore sentenced accordingly.

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