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Man convicted for impersonation

Feb 21, 2011, 12:44 PM | Article By: Binta Fatty-Gitteh

The lower court in Brikama recently convicted and sentenced one Sankung Drammeh to a fine of D5,000 in default to serve one year in prison for impersonation. Principal Magistrate Abeke administered the sentence following the convict's own plea of guilt of the offence charged.

Narrating the facts of the case, the police prosecutor, 1st Class 2259 Ceesay, stated that it happened on 6 February 2011, at the Banjul International Airport, in Kombo North, West Coast Region.

He said that whilst the profiling officers at the Spanish airline were checking departing passengers, the convict, Sankung Drammeh, presented a Gambian passport number PC159310 containing a German residential permit number D36178630 bearing the name of Sankung Drammeh.

Officer Ceesay stated that the profiling officers became suspicious and the convict was later referred to the taskforce for further investigation, adding that during the interrogation he confessed that the passport "belongs" to his brother, of the same father and with the same name.

He said he was later cautioned and charged with the offence committed.

The convict, in his plea of mitigation, begged the court to temper justice with mercy, as he was a first-time offender.

He was convicted and sentenced accordingly and got the passport forfeited to the state.