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Man convicted for willful damage to property

Jul 5, 2013, 10:48 AM | Article By: Malamin L.M. Conteh

Magistrate Ibrahim Kijera of the Bundung Magistrates’ Court recently convicted and sentenced one Essa Bah to a fine of D10,000 in default to serve one month in prison.

This followed Essa Bah’s own admission to the charge of willful damage to property.

He was also ordered to pay compensation to the complainant in the sum of D5,000 in default, he would serve one month in prison.

Both sentences are to run concurrently.

According to the facts of the case as narrated before the court by the police prosecutor, the incident happened on 1 July 2013, at Brufut beachside when the complainant, Fatou Ceesay, was selling at the said beachside and saw the accused coming towards her, using abusing words with a spade in his hand.

The facts disclosed that the accused asked the complainant for his change which he left with her and the complainant said she did not have any change for the accused.

It was further revealed in the facts that the accused insisted that the complainant must give him his change, which resulted into a quarrel until the accused broke the complainant’s big umbrella with the spade.

The facts added that during the scuffle, the complainant was rescued by a fire officer, and the accused was taken to Brufut PIU, and later to Brusubi Police Station where the accused was cautioned and charged with willful damage to property and common assault.

The accused, however, admitted the charge of willful damage to property in court, and denied the charge of common assault.

When the case was called, the prosecutor then applied to withdraw the charge of common assault, which the accused denied, and the application was granted.