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‘I treat 419 and murder matters the same’

- Magistrate Kamanda

By Hassan G. Koroma

Principal Magistrate of the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2, Komba Kamanda, yesterday said in court that he would give equal treatment to both 419 and murder matters, as according to him, “both crimes carry similar weight”.

“419 cases are on the increase in the court and it means people don’t want to work hard but looking for an opportunity to reap from where they did not sow,” he said. “Such acts scare away investors and make life difficult for people in the country.”

He charged that most internet cafes have been transformed into safe havens for 419ners who, he said, spend the rest of the day looking for who to dupe.

“They would be on the internet misleading people that they have houses or minerals for sale. After persuading people and reaping them off, they will be riding big cars and bluffing around while others would be crying in despair,” he said.

Magistrate Kamanda was speaking in his court when defence counsel U.N. Koroma applied for bail on behalf of his clients – Angela Williams, Alieu Foday and Victor Koroma – who were charged with conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretence from one Asiatu Bangura between the 1st and 30th August, 2013 at SSS Area in Waterloo.

The prosecution alleged that the three conspired together with other persons unknown to defraud Ms. Bangura of the sum of ninety-five million Leones.

However, Magistrate Kamanda granted Le50 million bail to each of the accused persons.

The matter continues