Accused remanded for Le45m Coltan fraud


DECEMBER 17, 2014 By Hawa Amara

John Musa Koroma was yesterday remanded at the Male Correctional Centre on Pademba Road for allegedly defrauding one Papa Kamara the sum of Le45 million for the purpose of buying 1,500 kilograms of Coltan.

The accused was arraigned at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda on two counts of fraudulent conversion, contrary to section 20(20)(iv)(b) of the Larceny Act of 1916.

According to the prosecution, the accused on 2 January 2014 in Makeni city, Bombali district, fraudulently converted to his own use or benefit the sum of Le45 million entrusted to him by the complainant for the purpose of buying 1,500 kilograms of Coltan.

The prosecution also alleged that the accused on the same date fraudulently converted to his personal use or benefit a motorbike valued Le5 million that was entrusted to him by the complainant for use to purchase the Coltan.

In another development in the same court, Magistrate Kamanda also denied bail to 11 accused persons who are alleged to have murdered one Francis Kamara aka ‘Oblufa’.

The accused persons – Abdul Fullah, Alhaji Bangura, Orfather Koroma, Alhassan Jalloh, Mohamed Koroma, Abdul Rahman Mansaray, Sheriff Kamara alias ‘Jaygay’, Mohamed Metto Kanu, Alimamy Fofanah, Edwin Manga and Abdul Bangura – were arraigned on two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony and murder contrary to law.

According to police prosecutor Sergeant 922 Dumbuya J., the accused on 11 September at Jorpoh Farm in Waterloo conspired with unknown individuals to commit a felony, as well as murdered the deceased.

While being cross-examined by defence counsels Sahid Mohamed Sesay and Augustine K. Musa, witness Richard J. Kamara told the court that the 1st accused and over one hundred people chased him and the deceased – Francis Kamara – on the date of the incident.

The matter was adjourned to 8 January 2015 for further hearing.