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Convict to serve 3yrs imprisonment for land fraud

December 9, 2021

By Yusufu S. Bangura & Tutan Sesay

Forty-three-year- old Abdulai Thomas Bangura, a building contractor, was yesterday sentenced to 3 years imprisonment by Magistrate Mark Ngegba of the Pademba Road Court No.2 after he pleaded guilty to obtaining 34 million Leones for two plots of land.

The convict made his first appearance before the court on six counts of obtaining money by false pretence and causing money to be paid to another with intent to defraud contrary to Section 32(1) of the Larceny Act 1916.

Police prosecutor, Inspector Amie Korio, alleges that the convict on dates between 7th March 2019 and 31st September 2019, at Gloucester Village in Freetown, with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of 31 million Leones from Elizabeth Yatunda Tumoe by falsely pretending that he has 2 town plots of land for sale known same to be false.

It was also alleged that the convict on the same date and place, with intent to defraud, unlawfully caused the complainant to pay the sum of 3 million Leones to one Simbo a surveyor for the said land.

After the charges were read to the convict by the court clerk, he pleaded guilty on both counts. The convict was arrested on the 26th November 2021.

However, Magistrate Ngegba asked the convict if he had anything to say before he sentenced him, the convict started shedding tears in the dock and pleaded with the complainant to forgive him.

He promised to pay her back the money.

The convict further pleaded with the Bench to temper him justice with mercy because he didn’t waste the court’s time.

Meanwhile, Magistrate Ngegba sentenced the convict to 6months on each count, which should be run concurrently.

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