May 6, 2013, 9:50 AM
Magistrate Mbacke of the Kanifing Magistrate's Court, has recently bound one Gibriel Faal to keep the peace for a period of six months for the offence of stealing, and if he commits any offence within this period he would first serve three months in prison.
In delivering his judgement, the trail magistrate stated that the prosecution has proven the elements of stealing against the convict. He said that the prosecution had called in two credible witnesses whose testimonies were all corroborated. He went on to say that the accused spoke with two voices and failed to call a single witness to testify on his behalf.
Magistrate Mack further indicated that PW1, in his testimony, informed the court that he apprehended the accused for stealing prior to this particular case. But, he said he had cautioned him as he begged him and promised not to do it again.
In passing his sentence, Magistrate Mbacke stated that the convict merits some form of punishment to serve as deterrent. "Criminality is not a good way of life," said Macke.
He was finally given a suspended sentence to maintain the peace for a period of six months.
According to the particulars of offence, on 2nd January 2009, the convict, Gibriel Faal stole a bag of onion, valued at D250, being the property of one Kebba Touray of Dippa Kunda.