Wednesday, October 20, 2010

“Gambia Police to Leave No Stone Unturned”- Says Magistrate

Posted by Modou S. Joof on March 21, 2010 at 6:09pm
Banjul, The Gambia (TNBES) House breaking and stealing is rising and rising but the police are working hard to put a stop to it and they will leave no stone unturned until they achieve their goal of making The Gambia a crime free nation, said Magistrate Mbacke.

The Kanifing Court Magistrate made this statement when he was delivering judgment in a house breaking and stealing case involving one Abdourahman Jallow, a resident of New Jeshwang.

Magistrate Mbacke stressed that house breaking is becoming rampant and that the police and the Court must put a stop to it, if not, that means they failed on their duties. “We want to see a crime-free Gambia,” he
said.

He also stated that it is common nowadays to see youths being paraded before Court for house breaking, stealing and other criminal offences. All these youths are all able young men who can work and earn a
living.

“The youths don’t want to work and want to enjoy, youths most learn to sweat and there are many skill centers in the Gambia where youths can learn trade and become self employed”, he stressed.

He however added that youths are not making good used of the skill centers, instead most of them choose to be criminals.

Magistrate Mbacke stressed that court will also impose to put harsh sentence to such offenders and are prepared to face the battle. According to him, Gambians are friendly and loving people, thus the country is
called the smiling coast of Africa.

Magistrate Mbacke, who seems to have lost taste of the monotonous activities of criminals, said: “It is incumbent upon the police and the Court to put a stop to all criminal offences in the Gambia.”

At this juncture, he sentenced Abdourahman Jallow on Count One (house breaking) to six months imprisonment with hard labour without any option of a fine. On Count Two (stealing), Jallow was fined D3, 000.00 in
default to serve another nine months imprisonment.

The convict was also ordered to pay a compensation of D50, 000.00 for the jewelry that was not recovered and in default to serve three months imprisonment with hard labour. If he fails to pay the compensation, the
sentences will run concurrently, Mbacke said.
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