May 16, 2011, 2:47 PM
Magistrate Babucarr Secka of the Brikama Magistrates’ Court recently convicted and sentenced one Omar Silva to a fine of D1, 000, in default to serve three months in prison for the offence of assault causing actual bodily harm.
According to the charge sheet, Omar Silva and Sulayman Silva jointly assaulted one Gebbeh Bah by chopping him with a cutlass in his shoulder, side and left palm, thereby causing him actual bodily harm.
After pleading guilty to the charge, Omar Silva was convicted and sentenced accordingly, while Sulayman denied the charge.
Meanwhile, the trial of Sulayman Silva who pleaded not guilty to the charge proceeded with the testimony of the complainant, Gebbeh Bah.
Bah told the court that he is a businessman who resides in Brikama Gidda, adding that he recognised the accused, Sulayman Silva.
He said that on 4 October 2010, he took his cattle for grazing at a rice field in
Bah said he told them he did not know the owner and if they wanted to know they should follow the cattle.
Testifying, Bah told the court that the three men told him he had been bringing cattle to the rice field that used to destroy their crops.
He adduced that Omar Silva, the convicted person, took a cutlass and chopped him in his shoulder, adding that he managed to hold the cutlass and knocked the convict on his mouth.
Subsequently, he added, the convict shouted the name of the accused person and as he (the witness) was going towards the accused, they both ran away.
He said he took the shoes of the accused and went and reported the matter to the Sanyang Police Station.
The court admitted the cutlass and tendered it as exhibit on the basis of relevance. However, the accused person objected to the tendering of the cutlass.
Bah also told the court that he was taken to the Brikama Health Centre and later referred to the RVTH where he was treated and issued with a medical report.
The medical report was also tendered in court as exhibit.