April 13, 2015 By Patrick J. Kamara
Magistrate Mohamed Seray Wurie, presiding at the Magistrates’ Court No.6 on Siaka Stevens Street, last Friday (10 April) committed to the High Court a matter involving one Foday Gblah, a commercial motorbike rider who had been arraigned for fraudulently converting to his own benefit a Dayun mountain motorbike belonging to the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC).
The accused was charged with fraudulent conversion contrary to section 20(1) (4a) of the Larceny Act of 1916.
In his ruling, Magistrate Wurie described the accused as dishonest and unpatriotic having been employed by NERC to eradicate a disease that has killed over 3,000 compatriots. He said the accused had intent to commit the offence and the tendency to derail response activities to contain and eradicate the Ebola virus.
“Having considered very seriously the statement and particulars of offence, including also the testimonies of the prosecution witnesses plus the statement of the accused to the police, I am satisfied that the prosecution has adduced sufficient evidence connecting the accused, Foday Gblah, to the offence charged. I thus commit him to the High Court for further trial,” said the magistrate.
He also ordered that the said motorbike be returned to the NERC and for the accused to be remanded at the Pademba Road Male Correctional Centre until the case comes up at the High Court for hearing.
Police prosecutor, Inspector Agatha Florence Heals, alleged that the accused had converted to his own use a motorbike assigned to NERC Monitoring and Evaluating Officer, Alusine Mohamed, to ease his movement in Ebola response in the Western Area, thus depriving the latter from doing his work.