AUGUST 28, 2014 By Hawa Amara
One Christopher Massaquoi was yesterday remanded at the maximum security prison on Pademba Road for allegedly stealing Le28.9 million from Secretary-General of the Sierra Leone Bar Association, James Momodu Fornah-Sesay.
The accused was arraigned at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2 presided over by Komba Kamanda on fifteen counts of larceny by servant, contrary to Section 17(1)(b) of the Larceny Act of 1916, and fraudulent conversion, contrary to Section 20(1)(iv)(a) of the same Act.
The prosecution alleges that the accused on diverse dates between 1 January 2013 and 19 August 2014, at No.31 Old Railway Line Brookfields in Freetown, while employed as clerk by Mr. Sesay, a barrister and solicitor, stole a conveyance prepared for a certain John Bull Swaray of New Life Ministry International, Wellington fellowship, valued Le5 million, and cash of Le300,000.
Also, the prosecution alleges that the accused, on the same date, converted to his own use or benefit certain properties in the name of John Bull Swaray, which was entrusted to him by the complainant for delivery to the latter.
Again, the prosecution states that the accused on the same date, stole a conveyance prepared for Paramount Chief Bai Lion II, valued Le12 million, plus the amount of Le400,000, including another conveyance for Momoh Kamara, valued Le5 million, entrusted to him by the complainant.
According to police prosecutor Inspector Conteh S., the accused, while serving as clerk to the complainant, was often tasked to convey conveyances to clients, which he failed to deliver, instead putting the money to his own use. He said the accused committed the crime beginning 2012.
Magistrate Kamanda refused the accused bail and adjourned the hearing to 4 September, when the prosecution will open their case.