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Airtel, Africell fraudster gets Le5m bail

OCTOBER 20, 2014 By Hawa Amara

A man by the name of Alex Sandy was last Friday granted Le5 million bail after he was alleged to have defrauded mobile phone companies Airtel and Africell of electronic voucher recharge units valued two million, nine hundred and forty-seven thousand Leones (Le2,947,000).

Presiding magistrate at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1, Sheku P. Kamara, said that the bail should be approved by the acting Deputy Master and Registrar with a surety who should be resident in the Western Area, in like sum.

The accused person was arraigned on one count of fraudulent conversion contrary to laws of Sierra Leone.

According to police prosecution Sergeant Macauley, the accused on 13th October, at No.12 Hamilton Lane in Freetown, fraudulently converted to his own use Airtel and Africell electronic voucher top-up valued at the aforementioned amount.

The matter was adjourned to 27th October for further hearing.

In another matter in a separate court, Magistrate George Edwin of Court No.5 ordered that one Fatmata Kalisha Conteh be remanded at the maximum security prison on Pademba Road for allegedly intentionally wounding the complainant, Nenneh Kamara.

The accused was arraigned on three counts of wounding with intent, wounding and assault occasioning bodily harm contrary to sections 18, 20 and 47 respectively of the Offences Against the Persons Act of 1816.

The prosecution averred that the accused on 11th October at Charlotte Street in Freetown, wounded and assaulted the complaint with intent to do her harm.

In her brief testimony, the complainant told the court that on that fateful night the accused threatened her not to go around Garrison Street and that when she did, “I was attacked by the accused. She applied some hot ointment into my eyes and also stabbed me.”

The prosecutor applied for an adjournment to enable him hold a conference with the witness, which request was duly granted by Magistrate Edwin.

The matter was adjourned to Tuesday (21st October) when the prosecutor is expected to open their case.

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