Loitering: 9 plead guilty, fined Le250,000 each


July 25, 2018

By Yusufu S. Bangura

Magistrate Santigie Bangura, presiding at the Siaka Stevens Street Magistrates’ Courts’ No.1, yesterday sentenced nine convicts to three months imprisonment or pay an alternative fine of Le250,000 each after they pleaded guilty to loitering.

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

Police Prosecutor, Inspector Fatmata Kuyateh, alleged that Mohamed Sankoh, Johnney Turay, Donald Bangura, Mohamed Jalloh, Alhaji Bangura, Suliman Kamara, Saidu Kargbo, Abu-Bakarra Sidique Kanteh and Sheik Umar Jalloh on Monday, 23rd July 2018 were caught loitering within Freetown.

Defence counsel Abu-Bakarr Sheriff Esq. in a plea of mitigation on behalf of the defendants pleaded with the Bench to temper justice with mercy as the convicts have not wasted the court’s time in answering to their respective charges and being young first time offenders.

It remains unclear whether the nine paid their fine as we went to press.