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Tragedy at sea

The Citizen "Dar es Salaam. It was a day of sorrow and shock in Tanzania yesterday as 180 people died after a grossly overcrowded ferry capsized off Zanzibar. Scores more are still missing in one of the biggest tragedies to hit the country in recent years.

MV Spice Islander I sank about 30 kilometres into its journey to Pemba. Head of the rescue mission Lieutenant Hussein Mohamed told The Citizen on Sunday evening that preliminary reports indicated that the tragedy was caused by overloading.

“It was heavily overloaded with passengers and cargo,” Lieutenant Mohamed said. “It started sinking in the rear, where water got into the vessel.” "

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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."