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US$71,000 scam:

Gambian gets High Court date

February 16, 2015 By Patrick J. Kamara

Ishmaila Sanyang, a Gambian citizen, had his indictment committed to the High Court by Magistrate Komba Kamanda of the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No. 2 last Friday.

The Gambian was being investigated as to whether he has a case to answer in an alleged US$71,000 fraud.

He is expected to enter a plea of ‘not guilty’ at the High Court on seven counts of conspiracy to obtaining money by fraud and false pretences, contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Gbessay Isatu Fofanah said the accused person, on diverse dates between August 24 and September 14, 2014, conspired to defraud one Edward Bangura, General Manager of White Pole Fishing Company, the sum of US$71,000 while pretending that he would cause his brother in Guinea Bissau to supply the complainant with frozen fish, knowing same to be false.

Earlier, the prosecutor informed the court that they had closed their case after assembling three witnesses in seven adjournments.

In his committal statement, Magistrate Kamanda said he was satisfied the prosecution had adduced sufficient evidence against the accused person.

“Considering the offences charged, its prevalence and the fact that the accused is not a citizen of Sierra Leone, I am with the opinion that if granted bail he will jump it and interfere with the prosecution witnesses. In the circumstance he is remanded in custody,” Magistrate Kamanda ruled.