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Marriage couple fined Le150,000 or serve 3-month jail

February 23, 2015 By Patrick J. Kamara

Presiding magistrate at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2, Mr. Komba Kamanda, yesterday convicted and fined twenty-seven (27) accused persons who pleaded guilty to the offence of illegal public gathering and meeting unrelated to Ebola sensitization.

The convicted persons were charged with the offence of public gathering contrary to Regulation 15(1) of the Emergency Regulations of 2014 and Constitutional Instrument No.5 of 2014.

According to the particulars of offence, Gladys Williams, Isaac Kamara, Ruben Williams, Christiana Williams, Idrissa Bangura, Isatu Mansaray, Alfred Swaray and twenty others were found in a meeting unrelated to an Ebola sanitization on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at No.10 Guard Street, east of Freetown.

After pleading guilty, lawyer Sahid Sesay pleaded with the magistrate to temper justice with mercy on the grounds that they were first-time offenders.

He noted that some of the convicts were breadwinners of their respective families and that imposing custodian sentence would have negative impact on their children.

Magistrate Kamanda appeared to have been swayed by counsel’s plea of mitigation as he fined the convicts Le150,000 each or an alternate jail of three months.