Lady convicted for burying child alive

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

One Isatou Sanyang of Temento village in the Upper River Region was yesterday, 29 Jan., 2018, convicted and sentenced by Basse Magistrates’ Court presided over by Magistrate Demba Senghore after she pleaded guilty to two counts of concealing birth and infanticide contrary to the laws of The Gambia.

The convict, Isatou Sanyang was sentenced to pay a fine of D5, 000 in default to serve two years imprisonment in count one (concealment of birth contrary to Section 207 of the Criminal Code Cap 10, Volume 3 Revised Laws of The Gambia 2009).

She was also sentenced to serve five years mandatory custodial sentence in count two (infanticide contrary to section 197 of the criminal code cap 10, Volume 3 revised laws of The Gambia, 2009).

Magistrate Senghore cautioned the convict that she should have given the new born baby to social welfare, noting that the convict was not buried when was born and he accordingly ordered that the sentences run consecutively.

The prosecution represented by Sgt. 3577 alleged that the convict on the 22 January, 2018, at Temento village in the Upper River Region, gave birth to a child, endeavoured to conceal her birth and buried the said child at the village cemetery.

The prosecution further alleged that the convict on the 22 January, 2018, caused the death of a new born baby she delivered by burying the said child at Temento cemetery.

Author: Bruce Asemota in Basse