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Le550,000 or 7 months jail for public gathering

January 19, 2015 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

Magistrate Komba Kamanda of the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No. 1 on Friday (16 January) imposed a fine of Le550,000 each on 12 people convicted for illegal gathering and cannabis smoking, or serve an alternate seven months in prison.

The 12 convicts – Isatu Koroma, Isatu Kamara, Abubakarr Conteh, Alpha Kamara, Isha Coker, Salamatu Bangura, Ibrahim Koroma, Samuel Macauley, Swarray Yarpor, Zainba Barrie, Foday Kamara and Saidu Sesay – had been arraigned on two counts of unlawful public gathering contrary to Regulation 15(1) of the Public Emergency Regulations of 2014, and being  found in a place used for smoking cannabis contrary to section 41(1) of the Pharmacy Drugs Act 2001.

According to police prosecutor 8715 I.S. Bangura, the said convicts were found at a place used to smoke cannabis on 9 January at Susan’s Bay, a slum area east of Freetown.

They had made their first appearance in court on 12 January and pleaded guilty to both counts, but were remanded at the Pademba Road male correctional centre and the female correctional centre at Jomo Kenyatta Road, respectively, pending sentencing.

It was not immediately known whether the convicted persons were able to pay the fine.

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