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Sierra Leonean sentenced for impersonation

Oct 8, 2010, 2:24 PM | Article By: Abdoulie Nyockeh

Haddijatou Mansary, a Sierra Leonean woman, was on Wednesday 6 October 2010 convicted and sentenced to a fine of D20, 000 in default to serve six months in prison by the Brikama Magistrates' Court.

She pleaded guilty to a charge of impersonation, and was convicted and sentenced accordingly.

According to the particulars of offence, the convicted person Haddijatou Mansary, on 14 September 2010 at around 2300 hours at Banjul International Airport presented herself to the profiling officers of the Spain Airline with a Sierra Leonean passport number 0286429 bearing the name of one Isha Mansary with intent to travel to Spain.

In a plea of mitigation, Lawyer Chime on behalf of the convicted person begged the court to temper justice with mercy, saying that the convict has demonstrated a good sense of remorsefulness, and did not waste the court's time.

Counsel Chime also urged the court not to impose a custodial sentence or a heavy fine, as the convict has no relative in the Gambia and, even back home in Sierra Leone, she had lost her parents.

In passing sentence, Magistrate Secka said the court had considered the plea of mitigation made by the counsel, and that the convict deserved some punishment to serve as a deterrent.