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Tears in court as 10 drug peddlers sentenced

October 4, 2016 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

There were tears in court yesterday as Principal Magistrate Dr. Abou Bhakarr Binneh-Kamara, presiding at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1, sentenced ten convicted drug peddlers to 18 months imprison, after they pleaded guilty to ten count charges of selling drugs without licence.

The accused persons – Zainab Kamara, Salieu Momoh Kargbo, Fatmata Kamara, Memunatu Turay, Almamy Mansaray, Gibril Osman Tarawally, Kadiatu Foday Kamara, Kadiatu Kamara, Adamsay Bangura and Isatu Sankoh – had been arraigned for being in contravention of requirement under Section 59(1) of the Pharmacy and Drugs Act of 2001.

The prosecution had alleged that the  accused persons on Thursday, 22 September, 2016, were found selling assorted drugs, including Perdicol Extra, Ultrate Crème, Warm-up, Relieve Pain, Dragon Gel, Alvit, Norvagin, V-Min, Emzor and Tetracycline Caps in Freetown without licence.

In his plea of mitigation on behalf of the convicts, their lawyer, Julian Cole Esq., pleaded with the magistrate to temper justice with mercy on the grounds that they did not waste the time of the court by pleading guilty as charged.

Cole called on the magistrate to consider the current economic status in the country when sentencing the convicts, adding that they convicts were all parents and that putting them on custodian sentences would affect their dependents.

Before sentencing them, Magistrate Binneh-Kamara said the accused were selling dangerous drugs to bad boys who are creating problems for residents of Freetown.

Dr.Binneh-Kamara said that having listened to the plea of the defence counsel, all the convicts should each pay Le1.3 million or serve 18 months in jail.

He further ordered that on count 6,7,8,9 and 10 they should each also pay Le1.2 million or spend 17 months in jail.

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