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Somita, Ndemban reconcile

Daily Observer: "Following the 72 hours presidential ultimatum to the people of Somita and Ndemban villages in West Coast Region, relations between the two villages have normalised after mediation efforts by a team tasked to settle their eight-year feud by the Gambian leader.

It would be recalled that His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Yahya Jammeh during one of the meetings at the recently concluded ‘Dialogue with the people’s tour’ gave the two villages a 72-hour ultimatum to bury the hatchet.

The Daily Observer met the governor of WCR, Alhaji Lamin Sanneh who led the mediation team that helped resolve the feud. He confirmed that both villages heeded the ultimatum and accepted the team tasked to mediate between them."

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Court frees boy prisoner

The Namibian Newspaper: "THE High Court yesterday ordered the immediate release of a 12-year-old boy who became Namibia's youngest sentenced prison inmate after receiving a six-month jail term for housebreaking and theft at Karasburg in October.

In a review judgement handed down by Judge Elton Hoff, Acting Judge Claus Hinrichsen set aside the boy's conviction and sentence and ordered his immediate release from detention.

Judge Hoff agreed with Acting Judge Hinrichsen's decision, which was based on the principle that a child as young as the boy is presumed not to be criminally liable, especially where he had been involved in a crime while under the influence and instructions of a much older person.
The boy was sentenced to six months' imprisonment on October 19, after he had been convicted in the Karasburg Magistrate's Court on a charge of housebreaking with intent to steal and theft."