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Lawmaker testifies in land saga

OCTOBER 13, 2014 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

Member of Parliament representing Constituency 106, Hon. Ajibola Manley-Spaine, last Friday testified at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda in a Le25 million land saga involving Koyah Bai Kamara, Isatu Conteh and Margaret Conteh.

The accused persons – Isatu Conteh and Margaret Conteh – were arraigned on four counts of obtaining money by false pretense contrary to Section 32(1) of the Larceny Act of 1967.

The prosecution alleged that the accused had intentionally defrauded Koyah Bai Kamara the sum of Le25 million as partial payment for a piece of land at College Road, Tengbeh Town, west of Freetown.

In his testimony, the lawmaker cum lawyer said the complainant (Koyah Bai Kamara) is his client and that the defendants had on 24th December 2012 received the said amount from his client.

He said a receipt was issued and signed by the first defendant and attested to by the second defendant. The defendants were represented by their solicitor – J.K. Lansana.

He said that after payment had been made, the defendants gave permission to the complainant to have a surveyor survey the land, but when the latter went to the land he was prevented from surveying the land.

He continued that the defendants and their solicitor later went to his office and explained that the land was encumbered in that some family members are against the sale. He said he advised the defendants to take the matter to the High Court, and through his client gave them an additional Le3 million for a solicitor to fast track the matter.

The matter was adjourned for the witness to continue his testimony.