Businessman granted NLe100,000  bail  for alleged forgery

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By Elizabeth Kamara

33-year-old Joseph Richard, a businessman,made another appearance before Magistrate Sahr Kekura of  the Pademba Road Court No 1 in Freetown on two count charges to wit having in possession papers used for making forged bank note of Sierra Leone,contrary to Section 9 (a) (1) of the Forgery Act 1913 and being in possession of an instrument used for making forged bank note, to wit, one white Dell 225 printing machine and one white paper cutter machine,contrary to Section 9 (b) of the Forgery Act 1913.

It was alleged that, on Thursday, 21st December 2023, at Bong Town, Off Wilkinson Road in Freetown, the accused  was found in possession of quantity black papers intended to resemble and pass as a bank note of the Republic of Sierra Leone without lawful authority.

It was also alleged that,on the above date and place the accused person was found in possession of one white Dell 725 machine printer, and one white paper cutter intended to be used for making forged bank notes without lawful authority.

When the charges were read and explained to the accused person, no plea was taken.

The prosecutor, Sergeant 9939, Mohamed Lahai, sought for a short adjournment date for him to get proper conference with his witness.

Counsel representing the accused person, C. Kamara, renewed his previous bail application.

Magistrate Kekura granted bail to the accused person in the sum of one hundred thousand New Leones, with two sureties in like sum.

 He ordered that the sureties should be residents in the Western Area that they should provide valid identity cards depicting their addresses in Freetown.

 He also ordered that the bail should be approved by the Deputy Assistant Registrar

The matter was adjourned to the 7th February, 2024 for further hearing.

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