Backlash outrage over simple charges given to a driver who killed 3
There has been a huge backlash and anger against the justice system over the handling which involving a 21-year-old driver who killed three people along the Senegambia highway.
According to Standard, Abdoulie Gaye was charged with three counts of dangerous, careless and reckless driving after he was involved in car racing along the Bertil Harding Highway which result in the death of three and leaving others injured.
According to police investigations, Gaye was driving at a top speed when he lost control of the vehicle running into people alongside the road.
Nonetheless, the police magazine Poliso on Friday reported that the 21-year-old driver was convicted by a magistrate court in Kanifing and sentenced to a total fine of D 11,000 for the three charges and ordered to pay a compensation of D50,000 to each of the affected families.
Standard said he was also banned from driving for five years. but many Gambians took to social media and slammed the police for failing to properly do their job which resulted in the simple punishment.
Pro-democracy activist Madi Jobarteh wrote: “Where human lives are lost the State has an absolute duty to ensure justice is served. The taking of life is not just a gross violation of the right to life of the victim and his families contrary to our Constitution but it is also a heinous crime against the State for which the State has a duty to ensure justice and accountability according to the same Constitution. Justice must be served.”
Masanneh Jammeh charged: “What a travesty of justice.