Rejoinder: The International Criminal Court and Africa
Nov 5, 2013, 11:51 AM
Ousman Darbo, Kebba Ceesay, Basiru Sanneh, Nfamara Camara, Alhagie Alieu Janneh and Essa Nyass were recently convicted and sentenced to fine of D300 each, in default to serve two months in prison for assault causing actual bodily harm.
They were also ordered to compensate the complainant in the sum of D400 each, in default to serve another two months in prison. Both sentences are to run consecutively.
In his judgment, Magistrate Mbacke stated that the court had considered the testimonies of the convicts, and that of the prosecution witnesses.
Magistrate Mbacke went on to relate the evidence of both parties as adduced before the court, concluding that the prosecution has proven their case beyond any reasonable doubt.
In his plea of mitigation on behalf of the convicts, Defence Counsel appealed to the court to tamper justice with mercy, stating that "a custodial sentence on the convicts means a custodial sentence on their families, hence they are first time offenders."