February 4, 2015 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
Two siblings, Henrietta Sarah Thomas and Princess Mariah Boima, are locked in a legal battle over land in a Freetown Magistrates’ Court.
They yesterday made their maiden appearance before Magistrate Manuella Harding of the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.6.
The accused person (Henrietta Sarah Thomas) was arraigned on one count of fraudulent conversion contrary to Section 20(1a) of the Larceny Act of 1916.
The prosecution alleges that on 29 July, 1990, she had fraudulently converted property (house and a piece of land situate at Soldier Street in Freetown) documents entrusted to her by the complainant Princess Mariah Boima for safe keeping.
The complainant identified the accused as her sibling and recalled that their mother had entrusted the property in her care on the aforementioned date, while admitted at the Connaught hospital, for safe keeping.
According to the complainant, she handed over the said documents to the accused for safe keeping and advised her not to disclose or give them to anybody.
She continued that upon the death of their mother, the accused informed her that she had handed over the documents to one of their aunts.
She said family members had summoned several meetings on the issue but the accused refused to produce the documents.
However, the prosecution asked for the matter to be adjourned to allow them more time to thoroughly interview the complainant.
The magistrate granted bail of Le10 million to the accused person and adjourned the matter to 16 February.