June 25, 2021
By Yusufu S. Bangura
One Francis Wilson was on Thursday 24th June 2021 sent to prison after he made his second appearance before Magistrate Mark Ngegba at the Freetown Magistrate Court No. 2 in an on-going preliminary Investigation into allegation of gold fraud.
According to the police file, Francis Wilson, sometimes in April 2021, at College Road in Freetown, with intent to defraud, conspired with other persons unknown to defraud one Francis Morrison Johnson the sum of $75,000 USD, equivalent to Le 666 million Leones.
Police also alleged that the accused, on the same date and place, obtained the sum of 12,000 USD equivalents to Le 280 million Leones on the pretext that he had 8 kilogram of gold for sale, knowing same to be false.
Police also alleged that the accused on the 1st June, 2021, at College Road in Freetown, obtained the sum of 45,000 USD, equivalent to Le 468 million Leones after he claimed that he had 15 kilograms of gold, knowing same to be false.
Defense counsel, S. A. Bangura, applied for bail on behalf of his client. He canvassed his bail plea on Section 79(2&3) of the Criminal Procedure Act No. 32 of 1965.
He added that his client is a Sierra Leonean ordinarily resident in the country. He disclosed that his client has credible sureties who were willing to enter into his recognizance.
Police prosecutor, Inspector A. T. Bangura objected to bail through an affidavit of support. Inspector Bangura had cited reasons on the affidavit of support as to why he was objecting to bail.
Meanwhile, Magistrate Mark Ngegba refused bail to the accused, noting that the offense are serious offenses and he want to hear first the prosecution witness before he can think of giving bail to the accused person.
He remanded the accused and adjourned the matter to Thursday 1st July, 2021 for the first prosecution witness to testify.