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Driver convicted for multiple offences

Feb 14, 2011, 11:39 AM | Article By: Yai Dibba-Jallow

A driver was recently convicted and sentenced to a fine of D13,000 in default to serve 18 months in prison by the Brikama Magistrates' Court, presided over by Magistrate Babucarr Secka.

Bakary Sanno was found guilty of the offence of rash and negligence causing death, unlicensed driving and inefficient breaking system.

In his judgement, Magistrate Secka stated that the convict was arraigned before the court and pleaded not guilty to all the charges preferred against him.

He said the prosecution called his witness one, 1st Class Marong, who in his testimony, told the court that at the time of the incident the convict did not  possess a licence and his breaking system were not working.

Magistrate Secka also added that the prosecution witness further told the court that he had visited the scene of the accident and according to the sketched plan the convict was driving in dangerous manner on the public highway.

Still in his judgement, the trial magistrate stated that the prosecution witness had told the court that the deceased was taken to Brikama Health Centre and later referred to the RVTH where he was pronounced dead.

He said further that the testimony of the convict showed that he did not say "anything at all" and also he did not cross-examine the prosecution witness.

He added that the convict himself admitted that he was an apprentice.

The court, he explained further, found that the prosecution had proven their case beyond reasonable doubts and consequently convicted the driver accordingly.