May 7, 2010, 12:38 PM
One Lamin Bojang was recently convicted for stealing and sentenced to a fine of D2000, in default to serve six months' imprisonment.
He was also ordered to compensate the complainant the sum of D6000 to cover the cost of his properties, or else he would serve another four months' imprisonment with hard labour.
The sentences are to run concurrently.
According to the prosecuting officer Sub-Inspector Fadera, the accused invited the complainant to stay in their compound.
He stated that when the complainant went out one day, the accused broke into the complainant's room and stole his belongings worth D9630.
Sub-Inspector Fadera added that the accused absconded for two months after which the police arrested him.
In administering his sentences Magistrate Abdoulie Mbackeh of the Kanifing Magistrates' Court stated that the accused deserved some punishment as a deterrent. He further stated that the accused had betrayed the trust bestowed on him by his friend, the complainant.