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Teen gets 2 years for stabbing

By Amadou Jadama

Senior Magistrate Fatou Darboe of Brikama court yesterday convicted and sentenced an 18-year-old to a mandatory jail term of two years for stabbing one Modou Blaise Jagne, after entering his house with intent to rob him of his properties.

The magistrate also ordered him to pay a fine of D5000 as a compensation to the victim in default to serve an additional 12 months in jail.

Prosecutors said the teen, who was found guilty on a single count of assault causing bodily harm, stabbed his victim with a pair of scissors nine times as he broke into his house. Narrating the facts, police prosecutor ASP Buteh Sawaneh told the court that the incident happened on 14 September 2020 at New Yundum village where the convict entered into the house of the complainant with intent to steal.

“One of his children informed him that there was somebody in the house, so he got up to control the situation and also apprehended the suspect after a confrontation during which the suspect stabbed the victim all over his body; nine times with a pair of scissors. The accused tried to escape but he was subsequently arrested in the compound and later taken to New Yundum police station. So during the interrogation at the station, the scissors and underwear of the victim were recovered with blood stains,“ the police prosecutor told the court.

According to the prosecutor, the victim was later escorted to the hospital, treated and discharged. The medical certificate, the pair of scissors and underwear were tendered as evidence.

The teen begged the court for mercy, saying he is a family man and he will not do it again. The magistrate however imposed a mandatory two-year jail term and D5,000 compensation on him.

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