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Man gets 6 months for attempting suicide

Jan 25, 2010, 2:27 PM | Article By: Yai Dibba

Demba Secka, who pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted suicide, would now spend the next six months in prison.

Magistrate Emmanuel Amadi recently sent Mr. Secka, believed to be insane to prison where his mental status would be examined.

Secka is charged with attempting to commit suicide by hanging himself late 2009 in Brikama.

In delivering judgement, Magistrate Emmanuel Amadi told the court that since the beginning of the case it was adduced that the accused person is mentally defective. He said the accused had told the court that he was sent on a business trip to Senegal by his mother, who strictly warned him that should the business collapse he would be in serious trouble.
According to the accused, the business collapsed, and as a result, he (the accused) became mentally handicapped.

He said he had ordered the prosecution to invite the accused person's parents to the police station to be questioned about the accused person's health condition.

He said the prosecutor had informed the court that CID officers went with the accused to Banjul to trace his parents, who took them round the whole of Banjul, but could not produce his parents.

He said that the prosecutor had further informed the court that he was taken to the psychiatric hospital, but were told he cannot be there without the consent of his parents.