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For unlawful possession of cannabis…

Disabled, 5 others to serve 3 years

NOVEMBER 27, 2014 By Patrick J. Kamara

A 43-year-old disabled man, Mohamed Lamin Alie and five others were yesterday convicted by Magistrate Mohamed Serray-Wurie of the Pademba Road Magistrates’ Court No.2 for unlawful possession of a large quantity of cannabis, known locally as diamba, as well as for frequenting a place used for smoking the weed.

The other accused persons were: George Davis, Abdul Kai Gborie, Aiah Fillie-Faboe, Alpha Kamara and Aminata Tarawallie.

In his sentencing address, Magistrate Serray-Wurie said: “The issue of unlawful possession of cannabis sativa has become a common phenomenon for youths. I have considered the statements of the accused persons to the police and the plea of mitigation; the first accused, who is the ghetto master and seller of the said cannabis, should serve his sentence concurrently.”

Upon hearing the sentence, the convicted disabled man collapsed in the dock.

Mohamed Lamin Alie, who according to the prosecutor was the vendor of the drugs, was convicted on two counts of unlawful possession of cannabis sativa, contrary to Section 48(1) of the Pharmacy and Drugs Act of 2001, and being in possession of an offensive weapon, contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

He was sentenced to thirty-six months imprisonment, whilst the other accused persons are to each serve three months in prison or pay a fine of Le300,000 into the sub-treasury account.

Prior to the sentencing, in his plea of mitigation, defence counsel I.P. Mammy told the magistrate that the accused persons have learned their lesson, having spent several weeks at the maximum security prison. He thus craved the indulgence of the magistrate to temper justice with mercy on the grounds that the accused were first time offenders.

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