By Aisha Tamba
One Ebrima Bah has been convicted and sentenced to five years imprisonment for stabbing one Sulayman Njie seven times causing severe bodily harm.
His conviction came after he pleaded guilty before magistrate Don Njie at the Kanifing court.
Prosecutor ASP Jahateh who appeared for the IGP, told the court that Ebrima Bah on Friday 7th September at Serekunda market had a minor argument with Sulayman Njie. “After the argument, Sulayman went and sat aside, thinking that the matter was resolved when the convict decided to unleash his violence on the victim, and stabbed him seven times.”
Reacting to the claims, Ebrima Bah pleaded to the court to temper justice with mercy, saying that Njie scolded him during the argument and insulted his mother.
“I recognize my guilt, that is not me; that is all satan. What is in the law you can do it, but I recognize my guilt.”
However, Magistrate Don Njie said even though the accused seems remorseful for his action and raised a defense of provocation being he was provoked by words and being scolded by the complainant, his response to such provocation is utterly unreasonable and unjustifiable and no court of justice would consider that as a genuine defense.
She therefore sentenced him to serve a maximum of five years and ordered him to pay compensation to the victim in the sum of D75,000 for his injuries, in default to serve an additional one year in jail.