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Two Students Convicted for Assault

Jul 8, 2008, 6:31 AM | Article By: By Dawda Faye & Yerro Mballow

Maimuna Jammeh and Oumie Jammeh, both students, were on Monday convicted and sentenced to a fine of D5000, in default to serve one-year imprisonment. In addition, they were also ordered to pay compensation of D1500 to the complainant in default to serve six months imprisonment.

The convicts were found guilty by the Kanifing Magistrates' Court for the offence of assault causing actual bodily harm.

In his judgement, Principal Magistrate Buba Jawo stated that the court had carefully considered the evidence before it and found that the prosecution had proven their case beyond all reasonable doubt. He said that since the defendants were members of the same family as the complainant, they should have considered the bonds of their relationship before resorting to violence.

Magistrate Jawo further stated that as students, the two girls should have concentrated on reading their books rather than engage in such a regrettable act. He said that as the offence is a serious one the court would not entertain it.