By Hawa Amara
One Albert Ahmed Kargbo was last Friday remanded at the maximum security prison at Pademba Road after he was arraigned for fraudulently converting to his personal use the sum of forty-three thousand dollars (US$43,000) entrusted to him for the purpose of constructing a house.
The accused is being tried at the Freetown Magistrates Court No.2, presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda, on three counts of fraudulent conversion contrary to section 20(1) (iv) (b) of the Larceny Act of 1916.
The prosecution alleges that the accused person, on diverse dates between 20 April 2009 and 2 November 2011, fraudulently converted to his own use the sum of US$ 43,000 entrusted to him by one Emmanuel Kargbo, with the said amount obtained through Theresa Kargbo, for the purpose of constructing a house.
While testifying, second prosecution witness, Kadijatu Kargbo, told the court how between 20th April 2009 and 2 November 2011, her husband sent US$5,700 through Western Union money transfer and through his grandmother to the accused for the latter to buy a piece of land.
She said the accused, upon receiving the said amount, later emailed her husband to confirm he had received the money, and that he had bought the land, adding that the accused again emailed them the house’s plan and estimate of building the house.
He said the accused also emailed them to say he had started building the house, and that a total of US$ 43,000 was sent to the accused for the purpose of buying the land and constructing the house.
According to the witness, the accused later telephoned them to say he had finished building the house, which prompted them to travel to Sierra Leone to see the property. She said on their arrival, the accused bolted away when asked to go identify the house. She said one Amadu Sesay later took them to see a foundation and a mud house.
She said the accused was subsequently spotted at a popular spot called Poyo Bar in Wellington where he was arrested.
The matter continues.