Modou Njie, who was charged with causing actual bodily harm and wilful damage
to property, recently cried bitterly after pleading guilty before Magistrate
Don-Njie of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court.
Reading the facts before the court, Prosecutor Kebbeh said the incident happened on 8 August, 2019 at Bakau New Town around 5 p.m. He stated that the complainant, Tamsir Njie, together with Pa Modou Njie, the accused, went to the beach. He adduced that they proceeded to Bijilo and went back home.
The complainant parked his car and started talking to Daddy Njie, his friend. The accused asked him what he was discussing with Daddy Njie. He told the accused that it did not concern him. The accused then went into the complainant’s car and took something.
The complainant then asked the accused what he was doing in his car. The complainant saw the accused holding a hundred dalasi note he took from the car. The complainant told the accused to take it as part payment of the D300 the complainant owed the accused and would later pay the balance which was D200.
The accused started insulting the complainant and took a bottle and hit the rear windscreen of his car. The complainant did not say anything but went to the house of the accused and reported the matter to his mother. The complainant went together with the sister of the accused, one Yandeh Njie, to have a look at the damaged screen, which was valued at D8000.
While the complainant was taking pictures of the car, the accused again started insulting him and took a bottle and hit him on his face and got injured. He finally went to the Bakau New Town Police post and reported the matter.
The presiding magistrate subsequently gave the accused a suspended sentence of one year and warned him to be of good behavior. He was ordered to pay a compensation of D10,500 to the complainant in default to serve one week imprisonment.
He should also produce two Gambian sureties who should deposit their ID cards with the registrar of the court. They should swear to an affidavit of means.