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Magistrate Harding convicts fraudster, imposes fine or alternate jail term

February 5, 2015 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

Magistrate of the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.6, Manuella Harding, yesterday convicted and sentenced one Kelvin Alpha Sow for obtaining money by false pretence, and ordered him to refund money he had defrauded two complainants and compensate each of them Le500,000, as well as pay Le2 million fine or serve six months concurrent jail terms.

The accused had pleaded guilty to both charges and pleaded for clemency, indicating his willingness to refund the monies to both complainants.

The accused had been arraigned on one count of obtaining money by false pretence contrary to Section 32(1) of the Larceny Act of 1916, after police prosecutor Inspector Moses Moore alleged that between the 1st and 30th November, 2014, he obtained the sum of Le2.5 million from Mohamed Jalloh on the pretext of supplying him goods he purported had just arrived at the Freetown quay.

The convict is said to have gone at large after he received the money, but was subsequently apprehended at Campbell Street and taken to the Adelaide Street police station.

Also, in a separate indictment, Sow was charged with obtaining money by false pretence contrary to Section 32(1) of the Larceny Act of 1916, as the prosecutor alleged that between the 1st and 30th November, 2014, he also obtained property, including Mercury International betting tickets, to the tune of Le4.5 million from one Ibrahim Sorie Kargbo by false pretence.

According to the prosecutor, Sow had gone to the complainant Kargbo and handed him a cheque, cajoling him to bet on his behalf the sum of Le4.5 million, with a promise to pay back after he had cashed the cheque.

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