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Czech remanded for Le43m fraud

NOVEMBER 11, 2014 By Hawa Amara

Czech Hannah Blahutora was yesterday remanded at the Female Correctional Centre, former Special Court prisons, for allegedly obtaining the sum of Le43m from one Alusine Bah, while purporting to have used vehicle tyres in Europe for sale.

The accused was arraigned at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2, presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda, on two counts of obtaining money by false pretence, contrary to section 32(1) of the Larceny Act of 1916.

According to police prosecutor Sergeant 5984 I.G. Fofanah, the accused on diverse dates between March and April 2014 in Kenema, eastern Sierra Leone, obtained the said amount from the complainant with intent to defraud.

The prosecution also alleged that the accused received a million Leones from the complainant during the same period to facilitate the processing of an America visa for his younger brother.

When asked by Magistrate Kamanda as to whether she received money from the complainant, the accused confirmed the complainant indeed gave her money to import used tyres.

However, she told the court she procured the tyres and shipped them, but the complainant refused to pay for the shipment.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Fofanah made an application for the accused to be denied bail on the grounds that there was nobody to stand for her as surety.

Magistrate Kamanda agreed, but urged the prosecution to avail witnesses during the next hearing date in order to start giving evidence.

The matter continues.

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