Man sentenced to 10-year mandatory jail term for drug trafficking

Friday, February 23, 2018

Presiding Magistrate Peter Adoh Che of Bwiam Magistrates’ Court yesterday convicted and sentenced one Babucarr Manneh, a Senegalese national to pay a fine of one million Dalasi and to further serve 10 years mandatory jail term after he pleaded guilty to the offence of possession of prohibited drugs for the purpose of trafficking contrary to section 43(4) of the Drug control Act 2003 as amended.

The particulars of the offence stated that the convict was arrested at Yellitenda crossing point in the Lower River Region (LRR) after a search was conducted on him and a bag containing suspected cannabis sativa was found on him.

Babucarr Manneh was charged and subsequently arraigned where he pleaded guilty to the charge and narration of the facts was done and all requisite exhibits were tendered and admitted as required by law.

Magistrare P.A. Che said he was particularly moved by defence counsel, P.H .Jammeh’s plea of mitigation, noting that counsel Jammeh pleaded with the court to use its discretionary powers to tender justice with mercy taking into consideration the severity of the offence.

He pointed out that our criminal justice system is very rich in mitigating undue suffering to convicts, adding that he acknowledged the strength of his discretionary powers as intimated by defence counsel, P.H. Jammeh.

Magistrate P. A. Che stated that unfortunately, the drug control Act has restricted such but pointed out that the effect of drugs in our communities too is a growing concern as most Gambian youths are diagnosed of drug induced psychosis.

Author: Bruce Asemota