By Amadou Jadama
Bansang Magistrates’ Court in the Central River Region has convicted and sentenced 11 people to a fine of six thousand dalasi in default to serve 21 months in prison.
The convicts are Lamin Sambou, Modou Lamin Ceesay, Yaya Sowe, Sarjo Jallow, Alieu Keita, Modou Lamin Manneh, Oumie Manneh, Sirra Camara, Wuday Sowe, Alpha Omar Jallow and Abdul Aziz Sillah.
Police prosecutor Inspector Kemo Y Manneh said the incident occurred on 6 August 2020 at Bansang where they were found in the streets between the hours of 22:00hours to 5am, without facemasks as well.
They all pleaded guilty on both counts, and they were unrepresented.
Magistrate Jabang told the convicts that everybody should respect the law, because the laws are here to protect our own lives.
In a separate but similar case, a 24-year-old Sainey Kuyateh was arraigned before the Jareng Magistrates’ Court also in the CRR for assaulting a police officer by hitting him on his mouth while executing his duty. He was found guilty and now awaits his fate.
Mr Kuyateh, a resident of Katamina village in CRR was charged with a single count.
Police prosecutor Inspector Kemo Y Manneh told the Court that the offence was committed on 6 August 2020, at Choya check point in the CRR, when the accused unlawfully assaulted one CPL 4631 Ebrima Bah, a police officer while in the execution of his lawful duties.
Police prosecutor Manneh applied for an adjournment for facts and sentencing. The trial magistrate Saidykhan upheld his prayer and he accordingly remanded him at Jangjanbureh prison, and adjourned the case to 11 September 2020 for sentencing.