A man who was convicted alongside an accomplice by a Kanifing Magistrates’ Court on charges of conspiracy and stealing had appealed to the court not to impose a custodial sentence on him, saying he has a young wife who is carrying a 5 months pregnancy.
Shiekh Tijan Jeng, informed Magistrate Hilary Abeke that he is the only son of his parents and his father is partially blind.
Jeng was convicted alongside Dawda Sissoho on charges of conspiracy and stealing from Alhajie Kutobo Jahally Touray, a businessman. They both pleaded guilty to the charges.
They were jointly charged with Ebou Cham and Saikou cham who pleaded not guilty to the charges and were earlier granted court bail in the sum of D500, 000 with two Gambian sureties.
Jeng told the court that he is a first time offender and has completely regretted his action, promising that he will never repeat the crime again.
His co convict Dawda Sissoho also pleaded with the court to tamper justice with mercy on him, saying he is a responsible father with a wife and two sons. He said he is the first son and the breadwinner of his family, maintaining that his parents are very old and have no one to support them.
After listening to their pleas, Magistrate Abeke convicted the two to pay a fine of D10, 000 each on count one in default to serve one year imprisonment and another D10, 000 on count two in default to serve another one year imprisonment.
He ruled that the two jail terms would run concurrently if the convicts prefer to serve the jail term.
Magistrate Abeke further ordered the convicts to pay a compensation of D30, 000 to the complainant. He further ordered for the recovered stolen items and the vehicle that was used to transport them to remain in the court’s custody pending the outcome of the trial of other two accused person.
by Meita Touray