Nov 12, 2013, 9:10 AM
Eleven drivers were on 14 March 2011 convicted and sentenced by Magistrate Tabally of the Kanifing Magistrates' Court, after being found guilty of obstruction to the public highway and other road users.
The convicted drivers were Bunja Saidykhan, Saikou Touray, Saikou Drammeh, Abdou Cham, Ebou Manneh, Idrissa Badjie, Martin A. Mendy, Saihou Njie, Momodou Alieu Bah, Hamat Mbye, and Ousman Colley.
According to the magistrate, Idrissa Badjie, Saikou Njie, Momodou Alieu Bah, Hamat Mbye and Ousman Cham, had shown remorse for the act committed and, therefore, sentenced each to a fine of D2,000 in default to serve two months in prison.
On the other hand, Bunja Saidykhan, Abdou Cham, Ebou Manneh and Martin A. Mendy, according to the magistrate, have not shown any remorse to the act committed and, therefore, sentenced each to a fine of D5,000 in default to serve six months in prison.
Meanwhile, the second and third accused persons were absent from court.
According to the charge sheet, on 8 August 2010 along the Kombo Sillah Drive, otherwise known as the Serrekunda-Tabokoto highway, between 1800 and 1900 hours, the convicted drivers drove motor vehicles and stopped on the public highway in a manner that caused obstruction to the public highway and other road users.