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Le128m fraud lands Pastor in jail

September 21, 2015 By Hawa Amara 

Pastor Henry Fortune Josiah and one Umaru Barrie were last Friday remanded at the male correctional centre on Pademba Road in Freetown for allegedly defrauding a Ghanaian, Bright Donkor, the sum of Le128 million by falsely pretending they had four vehicles at the Queen Elizabeth II quay for sale.

The accused were arraigned at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda on four counts of conspiracy to defraud, obtaining money by false pretenses and causing money to be paid by means of fraud, contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

According to police prosecutor Sergeant 5984 Fofanah I.G., the accused persons on the 4th and 5th June, 2015 conspired with some unknown individuals to defraud the complainant the said sum by falsely pretending that they had four vehicles for sale, knowing same to be false, and that the transaction took place at the Queen Elizabeth II quay and the Sierra Leone Roads Safety Authority offices on Kissy Road in Freetown.

The prosecutor continued that the accused persons on 4th June also obtained from the complainant the sum of Le26 million at the NP filling station on Kissy Road, using false pretenses.

Defence counsel L. Pujeh applied for bail on behalf of his clients, submitting that they have reliable sureties to stand in their recognisance. He said the accused persons would not jump bail as they pose no flight risk.

But Sergeant Fofanah objected to bail due the “seriousness of the offences” charged.

Magistrate Kamanda ruled in favour of the prosecution and adjourned the matter to 23 September for further hearing.

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