OCTOBER 7, 2014 By Hawa Amara
Town chief of Rogbaray village, around Newton in the Western Rural District, Alie Conteh, and head teacher of the R.C. Primary School, John Tarawallie, also a resident of the same township, were last Thursday granted Le50m bail each in an alleged land fraud matter.
The accused persons were alleged to have defrauded one Edward Stronge the sum of Le37.5 million for a purported 10 acres of land.
The accused persons were arraigned at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda on twenty-two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony contrary to law, and obtaining money by false pretence contrary to the law of Sierra Leone.
The prosecution stated that the accused on diverse dates between 25th April 2008 and 31st March 2011, at the said village, and with intent to defraud the complainant, obtained the said amount by falsely pretending they had the said land for sale, knowing same to be false.
The prosecution also alleged that the accused persons on 25th April, at Pademba Road, obtained Le1.5 million from the complainant as good faith payment by falsely pretending that they have the said land for sale, knowing same to be false.
Defence counsel M.B. Conteh told the court that the accused persons have decided to give the complainant another parcel of land in the same village or refund the money.
Magistrate Kamanda instructed the prosecutor, Inspector S. Conteh to inform the complainant about the settlement, and granted Le50 million bail each to the duo plus two sureties in like sum, with bail to be approved by the acting Master and Registrar.
The matter was adjourned to 23rd October.