Man Charged With Arson

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By: Aramata Jatta
A 34-year-old man recently appeared before Magistrate Isatou Janneh of Kanifing Magistrates’ Court charged with arson.
Mr. Daddy Kah of Pipeline was accused of setting fire on a house belonging to one Saffie Kah of Pipeline. He was charged with arson contrary to section 305 of the criminal code volume (iii) laws of the Gambia but the accused “pleaded not guilty,” to the charges.
According to the prosecutor, S.I Boob, Daddy Kah on or about 27th April, 2018 at Pipeline in the Kanifing Municipality willfully and unlawfully set one Saffie Kah’s house on fire thereby committed an offence. The prosecutor later said that the court had no jurisdiction to address the case because the offence which the accused person has been charged with is a capital one and is not bail able and carries life- imprisonment if one is convicted. She therefore pleaded with the presiding magistrate to transfer the matter to high court. Magistrate Isatou Janneh, granted the request and said the court had no right to give bail to the accused. The case will be transferred to the high court while the accused person will therefore stay in Mile Two.

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