By Hawa Amara
A candidate of the 2013 private West Africa Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE), Michael Sullay Mansaray, yesterday testified at the Freetown Magistrates Court No.2, in a preliminary investigation into the theft of West Africa Examination Certificates involving Samuel Elkanah Decker and Abdul Santigie Kamara, presided by Magistrate Komba Kamanda.
The accused persons were arraigned on two counts of conspiracy to commit felony and larceny contrary to section 2 of the Larceny Act, 1916.
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The prosecution alleges that the accused persons had on diverse dates, between 9th October and 1st November, 2013, conspired with other persons to steal WASSCE results at the headquarters of the sub-regional examinations body at Tower Hill, Freetown.
In his testimony, Mansaray told the court about how he met first accused Decker on 9th October, 2013 at the WAEC offices, where he had gone to make enquires fees for private WASSCE examinations. He said the accused had offered to help him get the certificate. He said the accused showed him a blank certificate as sample.
“He told me to pay five hundred thousand Leones (Le500,000) for the certificate and directed me to go and verify it and ascertain whether it was authentic,” he testified.
He said he took the said blank certificate to one Mr. Johnson who alerted a police officer, and that the latter arrested him (Mansaray) and detained him at the WAEC office.
The witness said the first accused person admitted in presence of one Mr. Newland that he was the one who gave him the certificate, before they were both taken to the headquarters of the Criminal Investigation Department and detained.
The matter continues.