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Accused convicted for theft

Oct 8, 2010, 2:16 PM | Article By: Yusuf Ceesay

One Haddy Jeggan was recently convicted and sentenced by Magistrate Tabally of the Kanifing Magistrates' Court to three years imprisonment or to pay a fine of D50, 000 for stealing.

She was also ordered to compensate the complainant in the sum of D39, 000 in default to serve another two years in prison. Both sentences are to run concurrently.

The charge sheet stated that the convict on 14 August 2010, at Ebo Town stole 8000 Euros from one Claude Lucio Marajo, a French national.

In her plea of mitigation, the convict begged the court to temper justice with mercy on her, saying that she is the breadwinner of her family, and that she has two kids to take care of.

In his judgment, the trial magistrate revealed that the then magistrate Ceesay had earlier convicted the accused person.

He narrated the evidence of the prosecution witnesses, and that of the convict. The accused told the court that "it was not my intention to steal. Let the court forgive me," the magistrate noted. He said the convict testified on her behalf and did not called any witness.

The magistrate also noted that the evidence of the prosecution witnesses was corroborated. The court added that the prosecution had proven its case against the convict as charged.

"It was sadly announced that the complainant has died on the 16th August, 2010," said Magistrate Tabally.