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Man gets 10 years for manslaughter

May 8, 2012, 1:10 PM | Article By: Malamin Conteh

The high court in Banjul yesterday convicted and sentenced one Lamin Ceesay to ten-year imprisonment with hard labour for manslaughter.

In delivering judgment, Justice Awa Bah stated that the accused person was charged with murder and, according to the particulars of offence, it was on 4 October 2009 at Kerr Serign within the jurisdiction of the court, when he murdered one Gibriel Njie, by hitting him with a pestle on his head.

She adduced that the accused person vehemently denied the charge, and the prosecution called several witnesses and tendered exhibits in support of their case, while the accused testified alone.

Justice Bah further adduced that the evidence by the prosecution witnesses was well corroborated, and linked the accused to the charge, further stating that the prosecution had proven the ingredients of the offence against the accused.

“The prosecution had also established that the death of the deceased was caused by the accused person,” she said, adding that she held it as a matter of fact that the killing of the deceased was not intentional.

She added that the prosecution had proven its case beyond all reasonable doubt, and she therefore convicted the accused for manslaughter.