May 19, 2015 By Patrick Jaiah Kamara
Magistrate Mohamed Seray Wurie of the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.6 yesterday sentenced one Mohamed Akim Sankoh to four years imprisonment after the latter pleaded guilty to the offence of larceny.
Having spent close to two months on remand at the Male Correctional Center on Pademba Road, Sankoh pleaded guilty to the offence, although he was discharged for the offence of conspiracy to commit larceny.
In his plea of mitigation, the convict pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy and not to impose a custodial sentence as such would cause hardship to his wife and four children.
However, Magistrate Wurie noted that although the accused had made a confessional statement to the police that he robbed the complainant in broad day light, “but he had refused to answer to the charges since the matter was brought to court. He had wasted the court’s precious time,” adding that those who do not respect the law will be treated without compassion.
“The conduct of the accused is what this court cannot uphold and always frowns at. You should be given the punishment you deserve, more so for wasting the court’s time. You are sentenced to a term of 48 months imprisonment without alternative of fines,” ruled the magistrate.
The conviction, which was successfully prosecuted by Sergeant 5115 Margaret Kpundeh, was based on theft of a HTC mobile phone valued $800 from an Indian national, Sunil Jay Singhani, on 3 March, 2015 along Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown.