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Teacher testifies in Le15m fraud matter

May 7, 2015 By Hawa Amara

A teacher at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Secondary School in Freetown, Gina Bassie, yesterday testified against one Augustine Kettor, who is alleged to have obtained the sum of Le15.5 million from one Bobson Koroma on the pretext of buying a Toyota four runner jeep at the Queen Elizabeth II Quay.

The witness told the court that on 29 December, 2014 he was asked by the complainant (Bobson Koroma) to accompany him to the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank at Cline Town to collect money and that while en route they came in contact with one Mohamed.

He said after collecting the money they went to the quay and met Mohamed who placed a call to someone, and that the accused arrived at the scene almost immediately and the complainant introduced him as Francis Kai-Samba.

Bassie said all four of them went to the UBA bank at Cline Town where the accused asked that they enter a small room to make the payment, and that he (accused) issued an unsigned receipt to the complainant with the promise to provide a signed version when the transaction is complete and the complainant has collected his vehicle, which was slated for 3:30pm on the day in question.

“At around 4pm I and the complainant called the accused person’s phone but was switched-off; and since then I cannot tell whether he has given back the complainant’s money or the vehicle,” the witness told the court.

The accused was arraigned at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda on one count of obtaining money by false pretence.

According to police prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent T.B. Zizer, the accused on Monday, 29 December, 2014 obtained the sum of Le15.5 million from the complainant by falsely pretending to sell him a Toyota four runner jeep at Cline Town, east of Freetown.

The accused is represented by C.F. Edward, who applied for bail on behalf of his client on the grounds that he neither poses a flight risk nor would he interfere with the prosecution witness(s) if granted bail.

But ASP Zizer objected to bail, which was upheld by the magistrate.

The matter was adjourned until 11 May.