Accused remanded for alleged fraudulent conversion allegations

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By Elizabeth Kamara

In a court appearance before Magistrate Sahr Kekura of the Pademba Road Court No.1 in Freetown, 35-year-old Mohamed Lamin Kamara faced charges of fraudulent conversion as per section 20(1)(1v)(a) of the Larceny Act 1916.

The particulars of offense alleged that on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at No. 13 Dan Lane, Fourah Bay, Freetown, Kamara fraudulently converted property entrusted to him by Hartwell Bell Cyril.

The said property, a grey Toyota Hilux with registration number ALO 636 valued  twenty thousand United States dollars (USD 20,000) equivalent to four hundred and sixty thousand New Leones (Nle 460,000), was intended for transferring personal property in Port Loko, belonging to the Sierra Leone Water Company (SLWACO).

Police prosecutor Inspector Kadie Taylor presented witness Sheka Amadu Kanu, a driver at SLWACO, who identified Kamara as a co-worker. Kanu recalled November 6, 2021, when he received instructions from his boss to hand over the vehicle to Kamara and ensure it had fuel. However, the witness faced difficulties during his testimony, leading to an adjournment of the proceedings.

Inspector Taylor requested a short adjournment to confer with her witness properly, while the defense lawyer sought the renewal of Kamara’s bail application. However, Magistrate Sahr Kekura denied bail and scheduled the next hearing for April 8, 2024.

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