By Jeneba A.Conteh
38-year-Musa Kabia, a businessman made his first appearance before Magistrate Mark Ngegba of the Pademba Road Court No.1 in Freetown on an allegation of fraud.
He was before the court on three count charges to wit larceny contrary to Section 2 of the Larceny Act of 1916, forgery contrary to Section 2 (1) (a) of the Forgery Act 1931 and uttering forged document contrary to Section 6 (1) (2) of the Forgery Act 1913.
According to the particulars of offence, on a date between the month of November,2018, at No.15 Battery Street, Kingtom in Freetown, the accused did steal by trick one brown Nissan Pathfinder Jeep with registration number AHI 591 valued six thousand United States Dollars(6000),equivalent to the sum of one hundred and eighty thousand new Leones (108,000),property of Emmanuel Adeyemi Rhodrick Strasser King.
It was also alleged that, the accused person on Friday 9th December 2022 at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) headquarters at Pademba Road in Freetown, with intent to defraud, forged certain document to wit one payment receipt purported to have been prepared and signed by the said complainant, knowing same to be false.
It was further alleged that, on the same date and place, the accused person with intent to defraud, forged certain document to wit payment receipt dated 8th January 2019 in the name of the said complainant, knowing same to be forged.
The charges were read and explained to the accused person and no plea was taken.
The prosecutor told the Bench that his witness was absent and sought for a short adjournment date
Counsel representing the accused person, K. Williams applied for bail, submitting that, the accused person is a Sierra Leonean resident within the jurisdiction and that he has reliable sureties who were willing and ready to go into recognisance on his behalf.
He said the accused person will make himself available on every adjournment date.
Meanwhile, Magistrate Ngegba granted bail to the accused person in the sum of three hundred thousand New Leones with two sureties in like sum.
He ordered that, the sureties should be residents in the Western Area and should produce valid identity card and that bail must be approved by the Master and Registrar.
He adjourned the matter to 25th January 2023. Sergeant 8975 Bangura I S is prosecuting the matter.