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Man Sentenced For Attempted Suicide

Oct 29, 2009, 12:59 PM | Article By: Malamin Conteh

A man was on Tuesday sentenced to a fine of D3000, in default to serve six months in prison for a criminal offence of attempting suicide.  

Juventus Onyechi, a Nigerian national reportedly attempted to commit suicide on 17 July 2009, at Manjai Kunda, by stabbing himself twice with a knife on the stomach, a charge he denied.

The presiding magistrate, Lamin George, adduced that the prosecution in support of their case had called three witnesses, while the defence called only one witness.

He upheld that though the evidence of the prosecution witnesses was not enough to secure a conviction, but the convict admitted in his own cautionary and voluntary statements of committing the offence.

He further explained that the convict had admitted in his statements that he borrowed a knife from a shopkeeper and stabbed himself twice on the stomach to draw the attention of his girlfriend, whom he said, he had called on several occasions but refused to answer.