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German national convicted

Aug 13, 2010, 12:50 PM | Article By: Malamin Conteh

Peter Edenhard a 54-year-old German national was on Tuesday convicted and sentenced to a fine of D10, 000, in default to serve six months in prison, after pleading guilty to the offence of trafficking in obscene material.

In his plea of mitigation, the convicted person, Peter Edenhard, told the court that he is a first-time offender and that he has been residing in The Gambia for the past six years without any problems.

The trial magistrate, Abdoulie Mbacke of the Bundung Magistrates' Court, in passing sentence stated that the convict deserves some punishment to serve as a deterrent.

He stressed that the offence is an immoral act and is unpardonable. He said the commission of such act by an elderly person is unacceptable, adding that the court has no doubt that the convict used to undress the two young girls and expose their private parts naked in many ways, as shown in the pictures.

Magistrate Mbacke further stated that the convict derived pleasure when taking such photographs and when looking at them. He added that this act is not in conformity with the norms and values of any decent society, and is foreign to this country.

Magistrate Mbacke finally ordered that the said pictures be forfeited to the state, and burnt.