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Drug suspect freed after found guilty but…

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But Magistrate Lamin Mbaye warned him to stay out of trouble for two years after Mr Marrah pleaded with the court to be forgiven. “Taking into consideration the amount of drugs he was convicted for, I hereby admonish the convict Mustapha Marrah. Accordingly, he should keep the peace and be of a good behaviour for a period of two years from today. Failure to keep the peace and be of good behaviour, he should be brought before this court and be sentenced accordingly. The 640g of cannabis is now confiscated to the state for destruction,” Magistrate Mbaye said.

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Mr Marrah was accused of possessing the drugs at Serekunda in 2013. He denied the charge. 

But before freeing Mr Marrah, the magistrate said he found the testimony of the convict as “a mere denial and a fabrication of lies” to the charge against him.

“I believe the evidence of the prosecution witnesses was credible and their evidence was uncontroverted by the accused during cross-examination. I have no doubt that the prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt against the accused person to ground a conviction against the accused person,” he said.

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