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Man pleads guilty for attempted suicide

Dec 15, 2009, 1:57 PM | Article By: Abdoulie Nyockeh & Yai Dibba

A man was yesterday arraigned at a Magistrate Court in Brikama, charged with attempting to commit suicide.

Demba Secka, aged, 20 pleaded guilty to the charge.

Narrating the facts, Cadet ASP Samteh, the Prosecuting Officer told the court that it was on 9th December 2009, at Brikama Misira, when Demba was seen loitering around a place for almost an hour. Samateh said when he was asked by a passer-by as to what he was doing there, he did not answer.

He narrated that after sometime he took off his shirt and tied his neck with it and later hanged himself on a fence wall until he fell unconscious. He added that two police officers who were at the time conducting traffic checks along the roadwere informed that someone had hang himself on a wall, and they rushed to the scene.

According to him, when asked by the officers why he wanted to commit suicide, he replied that he is suffering from a sickness and anytime it attacks him, he acts unconsciously.

Prosecutor Samateh further narrated that the accused had further informed the police that he was given some goods to sell in Senegal by his mother, who strictly warned against any misuse of the goods.

Having realised that he did run into a loss, coupled with the stress of the sickness, he said he had no other choice but to hang himself.

At that juncture, the Presiding Magistrate, Emmanuel Amadi, said that it was very premature to assume that the accused is guilty, and subsequently ordered the police to invite the accused's parents for an interview concerning the state of his health.

The case was then adjourned to 21st December 2009.