11 February 2013

Gambia: Man Convicted for Mobile Theft

Magistrate Landing Sanneh of the Bundung Magistrates' Court recently convicted and sentenced one Amadou Badjie to pay a fine of D1,000 in default to serve one month in prison.

The convicted person, Amadou Badjie, was charged with the offence of stealing a mobile phone valued at D1,900, being property of one Rujatou Jallow.

Delivering his judgment, the trial magistrate stated that the convicted person was charged with the offence of stealing a mobile phone, but he denied the charge preferred against him.

The prosecution led evidence through six witnesses, and tendered several exhibits, while the defence called four witnesses but did not tender any exhibit.

"I hold that the prosecution had proven its case beyond all reasonable doubts, as the facts adduced by the prosecution witnesses supported the charge and found the convict guilty as charged.

The convicted person, in his plea of mitigation, told the court that he was a first-time offender, who was remorseful about the act, and urged the court to temper justice with mercy.

The court, after taking the mitigation into account, sentenced the convicted person accordingly.

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