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Police forger to be tried at the High Court

By Hawa Amara 

A police officer, Mohamed Michael Kamara, is to stand trial at the High Court after Magistrate Komba Kamanda of the Freetown Magistrates Court No.2 last Thursday committed his matter to the superior court of judicature.

Kamara was being investigated in the magistrate court having allegedly forged a statement of result for a Higher Teacher Certificate purportedly obtained at the Milton Margai College of Education Science and Technology.

The accused was arraigned on seven counts of conspiracy to commit a felony and forgery, contrary to section 4 (1) of the forgery Act 1913.

According to the prosecution, the accused in  January 2014, at the Human Resource Department at Police Headquarters on George Street, Freetown, conspired  with other persons to commit a felony, and that on 28th January, 2014, with intent to defraud, forged a statement of result for Higher Teachers Certificate with identity card  No.9284 from 2002 to 2010 academic year at the Milton Margai College of Education Science and Technology, purported to have been prepared and signed by the registrar, A.B.M. Bangura and the exams officer S.M.S. Kargbo, knowing same to be false.

In his ruling, Magistrate Kamanda noted that the evidence before the court was overwhelming to warrant the matter to be committed to the High Court for trial.

Defence counsel I. Kanu applied for bail on behalf of the accused person pursuant to section 120(1) of the Criminal Procedural Act No.32 of 1965, which was granted by Magistrate Kamanda on the reason that throughout the preliminary investigation the accused behaved well, and granted a Le.250m bail with two sureties in like sum, one of the sureties being a resident and owner of a house in the Western Area.

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