A young man has been convicted by Magistrate Momodou L Bojang of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court for stealing 31 pairs of shoes at the Serekunda Market last Wednesday.
Magistrate Bojang convicted Alieu Hydara following his (Alieu’s) decision not to give evidence in his defence. He was also sentenced to pay a fine of D1, 500 in default to serve 3 months in jail.
The complainant, Bubacar Bah, a shopkeeper in the Serekunda Market said that on 8th June 2016 he received a late night call from the market’s watchman informing him that a thief broke into his shop. He said upon arrival at the Municipal Council office at the Market, he met the watchman, the convict and one Municipal police officer sitting. “The officer informed me that the watchman caught a thief at my canteen,” he said.
Magistrate Bojang said the convict had decided not to speak in his defence, which he said puts the prosecution in a winning point against him. “Going through the file, the prosecution has proven its case beyond all reasonable doubts against Alieu. His silence is a sign of guilt,” the magistrate stated.
The convict pleaded for the court’s mercy, saying he is taking care of his mother, who is an elderly woman and does not have the strength to go out. “I am begging the court to have mercy. I promise not to repeat the act again,” he pleaded.
In his rulling, the magistrate said in addition to the fine levied on the convict, he also ordered him to return all the stolen items of the complainant.
by Meita Touray