March 30, 2015 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
Presiding magistrate at the Pademba Road Magistrates Court No.2, Manuella Harding, Thursday, 26 March convicted and fined seven persons the sum of Le1 million each or serve 12 months at the Male Correctional Centre for violating the Public Health Emergency law of the country.
The convicts – Alvin Johnson, Joseph King, Abdulai Conteh, Sahr Bangura, Lamin Kabia, Molie Kamara and Aiah Allieu – were arraigned on two counts of selling goods after 6pm and for unlawful gathering not relating to Ebola sensitization, contrary to section 1 of the Public Health Emergency Law of 2014.
The prosecution had alleged that on 21 March, 2015, at the Safecon filling station, Lumley, in Freetown, Alvin Johnson and Joseph King were found selling goods after 6pm in violation of the Public Health Emergency Law of 2014.
The prosecution further alleged that on 15 March, 2015, at Crab Town, Lumley, Abdulai Conteh, Sahr Bangura, Lamin Kabia, Molie Kamara and Aiah Allieu were caught violating the Public Health Emergency Law of 2014, to wit unlawful gathering not relating to Ebola sensitisation.
In her conviction statement, Magistrate Harding noted that the convicts were full grown adults, thus their conduct was a deliberate calculation to undermine efforts to fight against the Ebola virus disease by way of trading after 6pm and unlawful gathering.