DAR ES SALAAM-based Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday sentenced 64-year old Said Shomari to 15-year imprisonment for unlawful possession of a pistol.
Principal Resident Magistrate Wilbard Mashauri meted out the sentence after convicting the accused on his own plea of guilty. In the case, Shomari and another suspect Ramadhan Said, who is believed to be his son, faced two counts related to possession of firearm, the pistol of Berata make and one round of ammunition.
Shomari pleaded guilty to the count of unlawful possession of firearm but denied the other count of unlawful possession of ammunition. On the other hand, Said denied all the counts. In yesterday’s proceedings, the case had come for hearing and the prosecution, led by State Attorney Adolf Mkini, brought one witness.
However, before the hearing started, Shomari requested the court to remind him of the charges. It was at that point, when he admitted the first count, confessing to have illegally been found with the pistol.
Reading the charges, the trial attorney told the court that the two accused persons committed the offences on November 11, last year, at Kigogo area in Kinondoni District. The prosecution alleged that on that day, the two accused persons were found with the pistol and one round of ammunition without having any permit authorising them to possess them.
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