Feb 13, 2012, 1:24 PM
Abdoulie Conteh, Art and Craft teacher at
In his judgement, the magistrate stated that the accused deserved some punishment. He said that as a teacher, the accused was expected to set a good example, adding that teachers are role models for their students. He went on to say that by stealing as a teacher, the accused was encouraging students to engage in similar malpractice. He therefore averred that the act committed by the accused was unpardonable.
In his mitigation, the accused said he accepted liability for using the money paid to him by the students and but craved the court's indulgence to allow him to repay the money. He went on to say that he is a family man and has children. He stated that his current predicament was destined by God and therefore pleaded to the court to temper justice with mercy and set him free.
Magistrate Mbackeh nonetheless sentenced him to a fine of D2000, in default to serve six months in prison for stealing and ordered him to refund D13,150 to the school, in default to serve nine months imprisonment with hard labour. He added that both sentences would run consecutively.