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FRAUDULENT CONVERSION!

Lawyer’s clerk discharged

SEPTEMBER 5, 2014 By Hawa Amara

 

One Christopher Massaquoi, former Clerk of James Momodu Fornah-Sesay Esq., Secretary-General of the Sierra Leone Bar Association (SLBA), was yesterday discharged of the offence of fraudulent conversion at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2.

He had been arraigned for allegedly stealing Le28.9 million from his erstwhile boss, a Freetown-based lawyer.

The decision came about after lawyer Fornah-Sesay informed the court, presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda, that he was dropping the matter on compassionate grounds after pleas from some elders. “As a Christian, I have forgiven the accused,” he told the court.

The accused had been arraigned on 15 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.

According to the prosecution, the accused on diverse dates between 1 January 2013 and 19 August 2014, at No.31 Old Railway Line, Brookfields, stole a conveyance marked John Bull Swaray of New Life Ministry International Wellington fellowship L.S 2634/11, dated 9th December 2011, which is valued at Le5 million Leones, plus cash of Le300,000.

The prosecution again alleged that the accused, during the same period, converted to his use or benefit certain properties in the name of John Bull Swaray, entrusted to him by the complainant for the purpose of delivery, as well as stealing another conveyance marked from Wilfred Showers to Paramount Chief Bai Lion II, dated 20 May, 2014, valued Le12 million, and cash of Le400,000.

Magistrate Kamanda warned the accused to eschew repeating such offence before discharging him.