May 12, 2015 By Patrick J. Kamara
Magistrate Mohamed Seray Wurie presiding at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.6 Friday (8 May) sentenced one Ibrahim Sorie Sanu to three years imprisonment without an alternative of a fine, after he was found guilty of impersonation and fraudulent conversion, contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.
In his ruling, the magistrate noted that the accused admitted in his statement to the police that he was a detective at the Criminal Investigation Department, and that the first prosecution witness, a chief, had corroborated the evidence.
“I therefore find the accused guilty of the offence charged. He is sentenced to three years imprisonment,” the magistrate ruled.
According to the particulars of offence, the accused on diverse dates, between 18 December 2014 and 15 February 2015, falsely represented to be an Inspector in the Sierra Leone Police and obtained the sum of Le2 million from the complainant at Cole Town, Waterloo, in the Western Rural District.
Prosecutor, Inspector Agatha Heals, successfully argued for a conviction after presenting four witnesses, including the first prosecution witness, who is a chief.
“An elderly man like the chief crawled on the floor begging the accused to differ the payment but he refused, insisting that they should pay not knowing that he is not the rightful authority. My Lord the accused deserves a punishment for that,” the Inspector pleaded.
Magistrate Wurie noted that the case before the court was for the prosecution to prove that the accused represented as an Inspector serving in the Sierra Leone Police, of which he was not.
Meanwhile, in a related development in the same court, George Sokia, an ex-military officer, was also jailed for three years after he was found guilty for impersonation.