31 January 2013

Gambia: Four Convicted of Obstructing Police Officers

Four persons; namely, Muhammed Nyassi, Modou Lamin Bah, Sambou Jobarteh and Richard Jassey, were recently convicted and sentenced to pay a fine of D3, 000 each, in default to serve one year imprisonment.

The accused persons were convicted at the Bundung Magistrates' Court, presided over by Magistrate Landing M. Sanneh. They were charged with one count of obstructing police officers while on due execution of their duties, contrary to Section 230 of the Criminal Code, Laws of The Gambia.

The particulars of the offence stated that on September 2nd 2012 at Fajikunda, the convicts unlawfully obstructed the following police officers: Corporal Mustapha Cham, PC Lamin Sonko and Alhagie Njie, while effecting an arrest, thereby committed an offence.

The convicts had pleaded not guilty to the charge and during the trial the prosecutor Sergeant 2250 Bobb called three witnesses in support of his case, while the convicts defended themselves. The prosecution was however able to prove its case beyond all reasonable doubt,and the presiding magistrate convicted them accordingly.

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