May 12, 2014, 9:59 AM
The Kanifing Magistrates’ Court has ordered the deportation of a Guinean and a Liberian after serving their sentences.
Delphine Koiba, a Guinean national, and Darling Warmah, a Liberian national, were found liable by the court for assaulting police officers in due execution of their duties.
During the course of the trial, the prosecution called five witnesses to prove their case, while the convicted persons testified as lone witnesses without calling any witness.
In their plea of mitigation, the first convict, Delphine Koiba, begged the court to temper justice with mercy, saying she is a foreigner.
According to her, she committed a big offence to the entire Gambian public, and it was a mistake.
The second convict, Darling Warmah, asked the court for forgiveness, saying she never had any intention to have a problem with anyone, neither had she ever involved in any police case.
According to her, she got involved in the matter to stop the first convict from the complainants.
Reading the sentence, Magistrate Tabally told the court that the convicted persons had committed a very serious offence and the court would not take it lightly on them.
He said that the convicts failed to obey the laws of the country.
Magistrate Tabally said that since they knew they were not citizens of the country, they should be disciplined enough, adding that the first convict failed to tell the court the truth.
He consequently convicted and sentenced them to six months in prison and they should be deported after serving their sentences.
He also ordered each of them to pay D10,000 to the complainant, in default they should serve three years in prison.
According to the particulars of offence, the convicted persons, Delphine Koiba and Darling Warmah, on 4 February 2013, at Kololi, in the Kanifing Municipality, assaulted Nfamara Fofana and Modou Colley with a pestle while in the due execution of their duties.