May 18, 2017 By Memunatu Bangura
Magistrate Abou Bakar Binneh-Kamara of the Siaka Steven Stree Court No. 1, yesterday sentenced eighteen years old Musa Kamara to one year imprisonment or alternatively pay a fine of two million, five hundred thousand Leones (2,500,000.000) to the state, plus a compensation of five million Leones to the complainant.
The convict was standing trail on one count charge of Larceny contrary to Section 2 of the Larceny Act of 1916 and the prosecution had alleged that on 30th December, 2016, at Manfred Lane, he stole one computer laptop, one Samsung galaxy S5 mobile phone and one Blackberry mobile, all totally to seven million, four hundred and two thousand Leones, properties of Abu Bakar Sesay.
Delivering his sentencing statement, Magistrate Binneh-Kamara said the court would not go for the maximum sentence, because, the convict did not waste the court’s time in admitting to the offence as charged.
“The convict is sentence to one year imprisonment or he pays a fine of two million, five hundred Leones to the state,pluse a compensation of five million to the complainant,” Magistrate Binneh-Kamara ordered.
In his plea of mitigation, the convict pleaded for justice to be tempered with mercy.
In another development in the same court, Magistrate Binneh-Kamara also remanded one Abu Bakar Jalloh for obtaining the sum of twenty three million, three hundred and ten thousand Leones on false pretence.
The accused was charged with one count charge of obtaining money by fraud other than false pretence, contrary to section 32 (1) of Larceny Act of 1916.
The prosecution had alleged that Abu Bakar Jalloh on diverse dates between Sunday, 1st May, 2016, and Tuesday, 10th January, 2017,in Freetown, with intent to defraud, obtained from Abu Bakar Kargbo, the sum of twenty three million, three hundred and ten thousand Leones, with the pretext of facilitating his trip to Europe, knowing same to be false.
The matter was adjourned to 25th May, 2017.