Loitering: 4 convicts to pay Le 500,000


March 13, 2019

By Yusufu S. Bangura

Magistrate Hannah Bonnie, presiding at the Siaka Stevens Street court No.1, yesterday (Tuesday12th March) sentenced four convicts to three months imprisonment or pay an alternative fine of Le500,000 each after they pleaded guilty to loitering.

The four convicts were arraigned before Magistrate Bonnie on a count of loitering contrary to Section 7 of the Public Order Act No. 46 of 1965.

Police Prosecutor, Sergeant Donald Taylor, alleged that Foday Bangura, Alhaji Dumbuya, Dorah Fatima Gbakiwa and Mabinty  Conteh on Sunday, 3rd March 2019 at Libya  Embassy Compound, Wilberforce Village in Freetown were caught loitering with intent to commit a felony.

The convicts – Foday Bangura, Alhaji Dumbuya, Dorah Fatima Gbakiwa and Mabinty Conteh pleaded guilty on their first appearance before Magistrate Bonnie.

The prosecutor told the court that on the 3th March, 2019, they received a distress call from the Deputy Ambassador of Libya,Hamza Hpieli that the convicts were inside his compound.

He said Inspector M. Kanu and a team of investigators from Congo Cross police station went to the scene of crime, arrested the four convicts and took them to the Criminal Investigation Department headquarters where statements were obtained from them.

Defence counsel M. Y Kanu Esq., noted in his plea of mitigation that the convicts had earlier pleaded with the magistrate to temper justice with mercy, stating that they have not wasted the court’s time in answering to the charge, and that they were first time offenders.

He stated that the convicts are young Sierra Leoneans with bright future, thus pleading with the magistrate to consider imposing minimal sentence.

In her response, Magistrate Bonnie implored the defence counsel to caution the convicts in regards to their future behaviour.

Meanwhile, it remains unclear whether they paid their respective fines to avoid the jail term as we went to press.