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Biker rider granted Le10m bail for fraud

February 3, 2021

By Yusufu S. Bangura

Joseph Bangura, 21, a bike ride, was on Monday 1st February, 2021, granted Le10 million bail by Magistrate George Edwin presiding at the Pademba Road court No. 3 for an alleged fraudulent conversion.

After giving bail to the accused person, Magistrate Edwin advised the prison officers to make sure that they take good care of the inmates because they are human being, adding that they too have right to live a better life.

He also promised that if they took any accused person before him that did not have a case to answer, he would discharge them.

He added that before issuing bench warrant, he will ask the prosecutor to serve notice to the accused and surety and if they fail to appear before him he will granted the bench warrant.

The accused person was granted bail in the sum of 10 million Leones, one surety who must be resident in Freetown.

He further ordered that the surety must produce a voter’s identify card and the bail bond must be approved by Deputy Master and Registrar.

After giving bail to the accused, he asked the associating counsel, S. P Kanu to go and offer no case submission in order for the one that stole the said bike, who is also standing trials for the same offence.

He also asked the father of the accused to pay for the bike if he wishes to do so and later prosecute the one that escaped with it.

Meanwhile, the prosecutor promised to take another line of action.

The accused person is before the court on one count of fraudulent conversion contrary to Section 20(i) (IV) (a) of the Larceny Act 1916.

Police prosecutor, Sergeant 3379 Ballay Turay, alleges that the accused on a particular date between 1st January, 2020 to 31st January, 2020, at Wilberforce Barracks in Freetown, fraudulently converted to his own use and benefits, one TVS star HLX motorbike with registration number APW 332 valued Le8, 800,000 which was entrusted to him by Alimamy Kanu for the purpose of commercial use.

However, Magistrate Edwin adjourned the matter to Tuesday 9th February, 2021.

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