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Man convicted for wilful damage to property

Jun 25, 2014, 10:12 AM | Article By: Malamin L.M. Conteh

Magistrate Lamin Mbai of the Bundung magistrates’ court recently convicted and sentenced one Sheriffo Kanteh to pay a fine of D1,000 in default to serve six weeks in prison.

The court also awarded D5,000 as compensation to the complainant in default to serve another 3 years imprisonment.

The convict, Sheriffo Kanteh, was charged with the offence of wilful damage to property, a charge he denied.

The prosecution stated in the particulars of offence, that in 2014 the convicted person wilfully poured cooking oil on three bags of rice belonging to one Momodou Salieu Jallow, at Brusubi village.

In delivering judgment, the trial magistrate said the prosecution called three witnesses and tendered exhibits in support of their case, while the convict testified as a lone witness without calling any witness.

After going through the evidence of both sides, the court was convinced that the evidence adduced by the prosecution witnesses had linked the convict to the offence charge, and the evidence of the prosecution witnesses corroborated.

The magistrate held that the prosecution had proven its case beyond all reasonable doubt, and found the accused guilty as charged.

CPL 3466 Sawaneh represented the IGP.