April 19, 2017 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
The Principal Magistrate at the Siaka Steven Street Magistrates’ Court No.1, Dr. Abou Bhakarr Binneh Kamara, yesterday jailed one Fomba Bunduka, a recruit of the Sierra Leone Police Force to three months or alternatively pays a fine of three hundred thousand Leones, after he pleaded guilty on two count charges of false declaration contrary to the Perjury Act of 1911.
The convict was in court on two count charges of false declaration contrary to Section 4 of the Perjury Act of 1911.
The prosecution had alleged that the accused, on 15th February, 2017, at the Human Resource Management of the Sierra Leone Police Headquarters on George Street in Freetown, knowingly made false statement in his own handwriting and purported that his registration date of birth should be 4th April, 1988.
They alleged that he indicated the said date of birth in an application form for the recruitment into the Sierra Leone Police Force for the rank of constable, providing the above information as true and accurate, knowingly same to be false.
The prosecution further alleged that the accused on Thursday, 23rd February, 2017, at the Sierra Leone Police Training School at Hastings, knowingly made false statement in his own handwriting and purported that his registration date of birth should be on 4th April 1988 in the police registration sheet, knowing same to be false.
In his plea of mitigation on behalf of the convict, lawyer Solomon S. Thomas, told the Bench, that the accused was a first time offender, and that the court should take into cognizance of him not wasting the court’s time to plead guilty.
He pleaded with the Bench not to give custodian sentence to his client, noting that the accused was a breadwinner of his family and that giving him custodian sentence would affect not only him but also his family.
After listening to the plea of mitigation, Magistrate Kamara sentenced the convict to three months imprisonment or alternatively pays a fine of three hundred thousand Leones.