By Hawa Amara
Two persons – Gibrilla Turay and Abu Bakarr Kamara – were yesterday remanded at the maximum security prison at Pademba Road by Magistrate Komba Kamanda for allegedly forging motorcycle number plates belonging to the Sierra Leone Roads Transport Authority (SLTRA).
The accused were arraigned at the Freetown Magistrates Court No. 2 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda on three counts of conspiracy to commit felony and forgery, contrary to section4 (1) of the Forgery Act, 1913.
According to the prosecution, the accused persons, on diverse dates, beginning from 1st January to 4th September 2012, conspired with other unknown persons at headquarters of the Sierra Leone Roads Transport Authority at Kissy Road, Freetown, to defraud the Government of Sierra Leone by unlawfully agreeing to forge motorcycle number plates: AHC 328, AHC 338 and AHC 328, purporting that they were printed and sold by Sarah Trading Enterprises (STE) and authorised by SLRTA.
The duo is represented by defence counsel F.B. Conteh. He submitted that the alleged forged motorcycle number plates were sold to the accused by employees of SRTA and that the accused were oblivious about the fact that they were fake. He applied for bail on the grounds that the accused persons are career commercial bike riders in Makeni, northern Sierra Leone and that they have no previous criminal record. He further pleaded that the accused persons would neither jump bail nor interfere with prosecution witnesses.
However, police prosecutor, Inspector F.K. Nyuma vehemently objected to the bail application, contending that that the offences they accused are charged under are very serious.
Magistrate Kamanda reasoned with the prosecution and consequently remanded the accused until 10 January, when the prosecution will open their case.