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First-Time Offender Pleads for Mercy

May 11, 2009, 5:54 AM | Article By: Yai Dibba

One Kemo Ceesay, a first-time offender, last week pleaded with the Magistrate Kayode of the Brikama Magistrates' Court to be lenient with him before sentencing him to a mandatory jail term.

He had been arraigned for assault causing actual bodily harm.

The presiding magistrate ruled that the offence was a serious one and that the accused deserved some form of punishment to serve as a deterrent to others.

Magistrate Kayode believed that if the convict had regretted his act as a family man he would not have fought with a woman to the extent of causing her bodily harm.

He therefore sentenced him to a fine of D2000 in default to serve six months in prison and to pay additional D2000 as compensation to the complainant. He ruled that the fine should be paid within four days.

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