Magistrate Isatou Janneh of the Brikama Magistrates’ Court has levied a D5, 000 fine on one Kumba Faal after she pleaded guilty to an assault charge. The magistrate ruled that Kumba would serve one year imprisonment if she fails to pay the fine.
She is said to have willfully and unlawfully assaulted one Mariama Ceesay by pouring boiled cooking oil on her left and right hands, causing her actual bodily harm on 17th June, 2016 at Old Yundum Village.
Presenting the facts of the matter, Police Prosecutor Sergeant 2202 Fadera said the complainant, Mariama Ceesay, was in her kitchen when the convict’s son, one Muhammed asked from her water to drink but the complainant did not answer him. He said the convict later came and asked the complainant why she did not give water to her son and the two started arguing and pushing each other inside the kitchen leading to the convict pushing the complainant onto the hot boiling oil in the cooking pot, injuring her right hand. He said the complainant shouted and the neighbours came to her rescue and reported the matter to the Old Yundum Police Station.
Sergeant Fadera added that the convict was then arrested by the police while the complainant was taken to Banjulinding health centre, where she was admitted, treated and discharged.
He said a statement was obtained from the convict in which she admitted to the crime in the presence of one Sana Ceesay, an independent witness, and that they both thumb-printed the statement.
Prosecutor Fadera then applied to tender the pictures of the complainant’s wounded hand medical paper, and the statement as exhibits. His application was granted and they were marked as exhibits.
Before Magistrate Janneh handed down her verdict, the convict pleaded for the court to exercise mercy on her, promising that she would not repeat the act again. She said it was Satan that came into her. “I am a pregnant woman taking care of an old woman. I promise I will never do such act in my life again,” she assured.
by Fatou Gassama