January 20, 2021
BY Yusufu S. Bangura
On Tuesday, 19th January, 2021, Magistrate Mark Ngegba of Court No.1 on Pademba Road in Freetown granted 50 million Leones bail each to Foday Lansana Marrah and Abu-Bakarr Marrah for alleged conspiracy to defraud and obtaining money by false pretences contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.
After they denied the charges, defence counsel, Achtatoh Derrek applied for bail on behalf of his clients, noting that the accused persons are Sierra Leoneans residing within the jurisdiction.
He added that his clients are employed in renowned institutions and that they have reliable and credible sureties that would enter into their recognisances.
He said if bail is granted, they would not jump it or interfere with witnesses.
He noted that bail is the discretion of the Magistrate and pleaded with the Magistrate to use his discretion in favour of his clients.
However, Magistrate Ngegba noted that the offences are bailable and that the accused persons should be presumed innocent.
He therefore granted bail to the accused persons in the sum of fifty million Leones each, plus two sureties each, adding that each sureties much be employed in a reputable institution for two years.
He further ordered that each surety must be above 40 years and that they must produce utility bills and the bail bond must be approved by Deputy Master and Registrar.
The state counsel, I.T Bangura alleged that both accused persons on Thursday 16th May, 2019, at 336 Bai Bureh Road in Freetown, conspired with other persons unknown to defraud Alhaji Allieu Koroma the sum of six million, one hundred and forty four thousand Leones, by falsely pretending that they will help him secure a job at Qnet office which is known to be false.
The state further alleged that the accused persons on the same date and place obtained the same amount from the complainant by falsely pretending that they will help him secure a job, which was known to be false.
The accused persons didn’t meet there bail conditions and they were remanded in custody until Thursday, 4th February, 2021.