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High court overturns lawyer’s conviction

Mar 26, 2012, 1:32 PM | Article By: Malamin Conteh

The high court in Banjul on Friday reviewed the conviction and sentence imposed on Lawyer Lamin K. Mboge by the lower court in Banjul.

Mboge, it would be recalled, was convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment with hard labour on charges of making false document and false swearing, among others.

Lawyer Mboge subsequently filed an appeal at the high court, challenging the lower court’s decision.

Justice Emmanuel Nkea, whose court heard the appeal, in his judgment recalled that the appellant was tried and convicted by the Banjul Magistrates’ Court on a four-count charge.

The appellant filed five grounds of appeal, and additional grounds of appeal.

 The trial judge said the court had gone through the submission of both the defence counsel and the state prosecutors, as well as looked at the judgment of the lower court.

He stressed that the appellant had shown remorse to the court.

Consequently, the judge reviewed the lower court’s decision, as follows:  on count one to a fine of D30, 000 in default to serve two years in prison; on count two to a fine of D20, 000 in default to serve 1 year 6 months in prison; on count three to a fine of D20, 000 in default to serve 1 year 6 months in prison; on count four to a fine of D20, 000 in default to serve 1 year 6 months in prison.

Mboge was also ordered to pay a compensation of D6, 500 to the complainant, Alhagie Saikou Barrow, in default to serve 3 months in prison.

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