September 9, 2016 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
High Court Judge, Justice Monfred Sesay has sent strong warning to youths across the country, telling them to stay away from any acts that have the potential to take them to prison.
Justice Sesay was on Wednesday speaking in an open court while deliberating on a fraudulent conversion matter involving one Afsatu Bangura.
“I usually advise young people to make sure that whenever they leave the prisons, they should stay away from trouble,” she said.
The state has charged Afsatu Bangura with fraudulent conversion of property contrary to Section 20(1) of the Larceny Act of 1916.
The Prosecution alleges that the accused on 16 October, 2015 in Freetown, Sierra Leone, fraudulently converted to her own use and benefit, certain properties including Bamako suits valued one million two hundred thousand Leones, one Nokia phone valued Le500, 000, ten female jean valued Le300, 000 and other household properties all to value of five million six hundred thousand Leones, properties of one Isatu Kargbo.
Explaining from the duck, the accused said she used to stay together with the complaint and that there was a time when the complaint travelled to the village, while she left at the house.
She explained that she visited one of her sisters at blind school and that on her return home, she observed that thieves had broken into the house and carted away the said items.
She told the court that she waited for the complainant to return from her trip, while she was later accused of stealing the said properties.
However, Justice Sesay cast doubts at the testimony of the accused person, saying that she would have reported such incident to the police before the return of the complaint.
“Without prejudice to your case, I don’t believe what you just told this court. As a good friend, such thing happened while your friend was away and you did not do anything until her return. You ought to have done something in her absence,” he said.