Dec 27, 2012, 9:02 AM
The Basse High Court presided over by Justice Lamin Jobarteh yesterday convicted and sentenced three armed robbers to death.
The trio, Bangally Jallow, Samba Doro Bah and Sunkary Kanteh were all convicted on five counts ranging from murder, conspiracy to cause death, robbery with actual bodily harm and intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
According to the particulars of offence, the three convicts on 24th September 2004 shot one Momodou Jallow at Misira Ba Mariama in Kantora district, Upper River Region.
Count two stated that the convicts on 24th September conspired with each other and caused the death of Momodou Jallow.
The convicts were also convicted on count three for using violence to rob one Sadibou Bah. Count four stated that the three convicts robbed off Sadibou Bah the sum of D7, 000, while count five revealed that the three also intended to do grievous harm to one Adama Njie.
When the convicts were asked to make their mitigation plea, all the accused persons refused to beg for any clemency, arguing that they had done nothing wrong that contravened the law.
In passing judgment, Justice Lamin Jobarteh issued a stern warning against persons engaged in such cruel acts, which he added, have posed a serious menace to the society.
According to Justice Jobarteh, the society has been polluted with offences of this nature, noting that the government of the Gambia has injected a lot of resources in protecting life and property.
"Any person who feels that he can frustrate these efforts will be dealt with accordingly," the judge declared.