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Unlawful possession of arms…

Accused to pay Le5m or serve 18-month jail

February 17, 2015 By Hawa Amara

Three accused persons who pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of arms and ammunition were yesterday sentenced to six months imprisonment each or pay a fine of Le5 million.

The accused persons – Alhaji Foday Fofanah, Alfred Harding and Abass Sulaiman Sesay – were all arraigned at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No. 1 on three counts of conspiracy to commit a felony contrary to law, and being in possession of small arms and ammunition without valid license contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

According to the prosecution, the accused on 5th January 2015, at Waterloo in the Western Rural, conspired with other persons to traffic arms and ammunition, to wit one Makarov pistol with serial No. B04474.

The prosecution alleged that the 1st accused (Alhaji Foday Fofanah), on the same date at the Waterloo Ebola checkpoint, was found in possession of the said weapon.

In his ruling, Magistrate Komba Kamanda stated that the accused persons would be fined in line with the Arms and Ammunition Act of 2012.

He said in count one, which is conspiracy, each accused persons is sentenced to six months imprisonment or pay a fine of Le5 million.

On counts two and three, the magistrate stated that the first accused (Alhaji Foday Fofanah) – who was found in possession of the firearm, is sentenced to six months imprisonment each on both counts.

He further stated that should the first accused fail to pay the fine on count one, he should serve a jail term of 18 months, and that the exhibit (riffle) should be handed over to the armoury.