OCTOBER 28, 2014 By Patrick J. Kamara
A female fraudster, Adama Kalokoh, was yesterday sentenced to three years in jail by Magistrate Mohamed Serray-Wurie of the Pademba Road Magistrates’ Court No.2 after she was convicted of two counts of obtaining money by false pretence, contrary to Section 32(1) of the Larceny Act of 1916.
Police prosecutor Inspector Agatha Heals told the court that the convict had on 18th July, 2009, at No.7 Sheriff Drive in Lumley, Freetown, obtained the sum of Le28.4 million and one deep freezer valued Le1.6 million from the complainant, Abu Bakarr Sidique Bangura, totaling Le30 million.
In his sentencing judgment, Magistrate Wurie said he held firm conviction that the prosecution had proven its case beyond all reasonable doubt that the accused was guilty. He described the conduct of the accused as “unacceptable and criminal”, noting that there was no evidence before the court to ascertain that the accused owned the said land for which she received the money and freezer.
“The accused took the complainant’s money for a land she knew she doesn’t have. That is an act of criminality. I therefore sentence her to 36 months with no alternative of fines,” Magistrate Serray-Wurie ruled.
Earlier in her plea of mitigation, defence counsel C .Tucker pleaded with the magistrate to temper justice with mercy as her client was a first-time offender and a breadwinner of her family.