Janaury 13, 2016 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
The presiding magistrate at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.6, Mohamed Seray-Wurie, yesterday sentenced one Augustine Foyoh to 18 months in prison at the Male Correctional Centre in Freetown after he was convicted of defrauding a certain Amadu Wurie Bah the sum of Le1 million.
The accused was arraigned on one count of fraudulent conversion.
Prosecutor, Sergeant 5851 Macaulay, maintained that the accused had obtained the sum of Le1 million from Amadu Wurie Bah for a room and parlour apartment, although he knew such to be false.
Defence counsel J.T. Deen Tarawally pleaded with the magistrate to temper justice with mercy as the convict had already spent a long time behind bars, which according to him was enough to have taught him some lesson.
But Magistrate Seray-Wurie insisted he would sentence the accused in order to send a message to other fraudsters who collect money from unsuspecting people by false pretence that they have a house to let.
Thus, he ordered the convict to serve 18 months in prison without an alternative fine.