Jun 5, 2009, 7:58 AM
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By Dawda Faye
Senior Magistrate Mbacke of the Kanifing Magistrates' Court was on the 11thNovember, 2008 unhappy with Kanifing Estate Police when he learnt that two culprits, Modou Badjie and Pap Saine, (not Pap Saine of The Point Newspaper) who were at large and who also jointly attempted to break into the shop of First Choice Garden Centre with one Mustapha Sanyang, who had been apprehended, could not be arrested and brought to court.
He went on to say that the court was not happy with the way Kanifing Estate Police Station had handled the case. He stated that the two other culprits by all means should have been arrested and brought before the corridors of justice. He further indicated that the two culprits are residents of New Jeshwang and should not be allowed to commit a criminal offence and get away with it and that this would serve as a source of encouragement to others. He angrily stated that the criminal investigation section of the said police station failed to do their homework properly.
Going back to the accused, Mustapha Sanyang, who was arrested, Magistrate Mbacke said the court had considered the plea made by the accused person in his plea of guilt and mitigation, but it was of the view that the accused person deserved some punishment. He went on to say that most New Jeshwang youths believe that criminality is a way of life.
He finally convicted and sentenced the accused person to nine months imprisonment with hard labour.
Prosecutor Corporal 358 Sarr stood in for the I.G.P.