October 31, 2017 By Yusufu S. Bangura
Magistrate Santigie Bangura, presiding at the Pademba Road Court No.1 yesterday (30 October 2017) sentenced one Gbassay Caulker to twenty-four month at the Male Correctional Centre after he was convicted for obtaining money by false pretense.
The convict was before Magistrate Bangura on one count charge of obtaining money by false pretense contrary to Section 32(1) of the Larceny Act 1916.
According to police prosecutor, Inspector Theresa M. Bangura, the accused person on a date between 31 December 2016 and 1 June 2017 at No. 24 Smith street Goderich, Freetown, obtained the sum of two million Leones, sixty bags of garrie, valued two million seven hundred thousand Leones, thirty-five bags of foo foo valued one million-fifty thousand Leones, ten jerry cans of palm oil valued one million, and seven bags of garrie valued five hundred and sixty thousand Leones, all total to the sum of seven million, three hundred and ten thousand Leones(Le 7,310,000) belonging to the complainant, Mariatu Turay.
Magistrate Bangura noted while handing down judgment that, the complainant had told the court that the accused had approached her to give him money to buy her palm oil in the provinces, and that since that time she had neither receive any supply from the accused nor return the money.
Magistrate Bangura further that the accused’s action were a clear indication that he wanted to defraud the complainant.
‘’I’m convinced that the prosecution had led sufficient evidence against the accused person and thus sentence him to 24 months imprisonment,” he ruled.