Jul 1, 2009, 9:26 AM
Omar Keita was fined D50,000 in default to serve six years in prison, while Alagie Dumbuya was fined D25,000 in default to serve three years in prison.
The duo who were convicted for house breaking and stealing were also ordered to pay a compensation of D45,000 each.
Delivering her judgement, the trial magistrate told the court that the convicts were brought before the court, charged with house breaking and stealing.
She said the charges were read to them, which they denied and the case proceeded to full trial, adding that the prosecution called one witness and the convicts also testified without calling any witness.
It was the duty of the prosecution to prove his case, she said, adding that in the testimony of the complainant, Roony, he told the court that on 22 October 2014, while he was taking out his car battery, he saw somebody jump over the fence and grabbed his neck until he could not breath.
The complainant also told the court that he was sprayed with teargas in his eyes and in his house, and a laptop and some other materials and his money were stolen.
He reported the matter to Yundum Police Station, from where he was taken to Serrekunda Hospital where his eye was treated and he was issued with a medical certificate which was tendered in court.
According to the magistrate, the complainant also told the court that a few days later, he went back to Swaziland for treatment of his eye and after his return, the police called him and told him that some of his materials were recovered.
The accused persons in their own defence told the court that they went to the complainant’s house, broke, entered and stole his material including his money, but denied beating him.
She said the prosecutor has proven his case beyond all reasonable doubt.
They were consequently convicted and sentenced accordingly, after they begged the court for mercy.