15 sentenced for unlawful possession of d’iamba
May 23, 2017 By Memunatu Bangura
Magistrate Dr.Abou Bhakar Binneh-Kamara, presiding at the Siaka Stevens Street court No.1, yesterday (22nd May 2017), convicted and sentenced fifteen men for unlawfully possessing a quantity of d’iamba on Bob Marley’s night (May 11).
“The convicts are sentenced to four months imprisonment or pay a fine of four hundred thousand Leones each on count one & two, and three months imprisonment or pay a fine of three hundred thousand Leones each on count three and four. I so ordered,” he said.
The fifteen convicts were charged with four counts, and, in count one and two, police alleged that the accused were unlawfully found in possession of a quantity of cannabis sativa contrary to Section 48(1) of Pharmacy and Drugs Act 2001.
In count three and four, police claimed that the men were found at a place used for smoking cannabis sativa contrary to Section 49(1) of the Pharmacy and Drugs Act of 2001.
The prosecution had alleged that, on 12th May 2017 at Mountain cut community, the men were caught with a quantity of cannabis sativa without lawful authority, and, on the same date, the accused persons were found at a place used for smoking cannabis sativa.
In another development in the same court room, Magistrate Binneh-Kamara sentenced one Mohamed Bah aka Dragon to two years imprisonment or pays a fine of three million, five hundred thousand Leones, plus a compensation of two million, five hundred thousand Leones to the complainant.
“The convict is sentenced to two years imprison or pays a fine of two million, five hundred thousand Leones to the complainant,” he ordered.
Bah was charged to court on one count of fraudulent conversion contrary to section 20 (1) (IV) (a) of the Larceny Act of 1916.
According to the charge sheet, the convict on an unknown date between 1st January and 31st December, 2016 , at Shawers Public toilet, Hagan Street, fraudulently converted to his own use, one TVS star motor bike with registration number AJX 386, valued two million, five hundred thousand Leones entrusted to him by Mohamed Kamara for commercial purposes.
Before he handed down judgement, Magistrate Binneh-Kamara said the prosecution has offered no evidence on the charge of fraudulent conversion and asked for the charge to be substituted with Larceny contrary to Section 2 of the Larceny Act of 1916, to which the convict has pleaded guilty.