Businessman remanded for alleged sale of prohibited drugs

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By Elizabeth Kamara

In his first appearance before Magistrate Sahr Kekura of  the Pademba Road Court No.1 in Freetown, thirty-three-year-old Mohamed Kamara, a businessman, faced four counts related to the selling, offering for sale, smoking, and possession of prohibited drugs, as per sections 7(c) and 8(a) of the National Drugs Control Act 2008, Act No.10 of 2008.

The particulars of offense alleged that on Sunday, March 3, 2024, at Regent Road, Lumley, in the Western Area of Freetown, Kamara sold prohibited drugs, offered them for sale, smoked them, and was found in possession of seventy-five wraps of Kush weighing 20.2 grams without lawful authority.

Upon the reading and explanation of the charges, no plea was taken from the accused person.

Prosecutor Dialla Wellington requested a short adjournment to confer with her witness properly, while counsel representing the accused person, Mohamed Sesay Esq, applied for bail.

Sesay argued that Kamara, a Sierra Leonean resident within the jurisdiction, had reliable sureties willing to go into recognizance on his behalf. He assured the court that Kamara would not interfere with witnesses or jump bail, citing section 79(2) of the Criminal Procedure Act No.32 of 1965.

However, Magistrate Kekura refused bail and ordered the accused person to be remanded in the male correctional facility in Freetown. The matter was adjourned to April 5, 2024.

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