18 months jail term for fraudster

November 6, 2017 By Ibrahim K.Turay

One Hassan Swarray has been sentenced to eighteen months imprisonment for defrauding Marie Satu Kposowa a RAV 4 Jeep valued US$6000 by Magistrate Santigie Bangura of the Padamba Road Magistrates’ Court No. 1.

The convict was arraigned before the court on one count of fraudulent conversion contrary to section 20(1) IV (a) of the Larceny Act of 1916.

Police Prosecutor Sallu Tap (4513) says the accused on Sunday, 15 March, 2015 at Syke Street in Freetown, fraudulently converted to his own use or benefit one RAV Jeep valued Six thousand United State Dollars ($6000), entrusted to him by Marie Satu Kposowa for sale.

In his ruling, Magistrate Bangura stated that the evidence before the court proved that the accused was deceptive in his action.

He said the accused knew very well that the money he was obtaining from the complainant was meant for the clearance of the said vehicle.

“The accused knew that he was never instructed to sell the vehicle,” he said.

According to the magistrate, the accused told the complainant that he was going to give her sixty percent of the profit after the sale of the vehicle, but never did as promised.

Magistrate Bangura said the accused admitted in court that he failed to pay back the money to the complainant because he had used it for another purpose.

The magistrate noted that the accused has been a notorious criminal and has been before him for fraudulently converting another RAV-4 Jeep in a separate matter.

“I therefore sentenced the accused person to eighteen (18) months imprisonment,” he ruled.