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Man convicted for making false documents

May 15, 2013, 8:52 AM | Article By: Halimatou Ceesay

A man called Sulayman Sillah was Monday convicted and sentenced to a fine of D3,000 in default to serve six months in prison.

The convict, Sulayman Sillah, was arraigned before Magistrate Jeng of the Brikama Magistrates’ Court and charged with making false documents.

He admitted to the charge and was convicted and sentenced accordingly.

The facts read in court stated that the accused, Sulayman Sillah, on 20 April 2013, at the Banjul International Airport, presented to the profiling desk his Gambian passport number PC 405727 with a Spanish residential permit number 1412458 all in the name of Sulayman Sillah with an electronic air ticket bearing his name.

Upon checking, the profiling officer was not satisfied and the accused was taken to the air taskforce where he was interrogated and he confessed that it was a fake document.

The document was sent to the Spanish Embassy for verification and a reply from the embassy stated that it was not assigned to the accused but someone else who was residing in Spain.

In his plea of mitigation, the accused begged the court to temper justice with mercy.

In passing sentence, the trial magistrate stated that this was common among young people and as such, it should be put to a stop.

She consequently sentenced him accordingly.