July 26, 2017 By Yusufu S. Bangura
Magistrate Albert J. Moody of Court No. 1 on Monday ,24 July, 2017, sent to prison one Mary Boston, who was accused of embezzling Le414, 242,000 from one Mohamed Kamara.
Boston was before the court on one count of fraudulent conversion contrary to Section 20(1)(iv)(a) of the larceny Act 1961.
The particulars of offense stated that sometimes in September 2014 at No. 7 Samuel Lane, Kissy, fraudulently converted to his own use and benefit certain properties to wit seven hundred and eighty-one (781) jerry cans of palm oil valued four hundred and fourteen million, two hundred and forty-two thousand Leones (Le414, 242000), entrusted to him by one Mohamed Kamara for sale.
Earlier, Prosecution Witness No.1, Solomon Kamara, testified that he knew the complainant, Ahmed Kamara, who is also the husband of the accused.
He told the court that it was the complainant that recommended his wife as a sober businesswoman who lived in London.
He said after arrangement was made, a total of two thousand nine hundred gallons of palm oil was shipped to the accused person in London.
The witness said the accused person called him and confirmed that the consignments had landed and that the selling price per gallon was sixty Pounds Sterling.
When asked by the presiding Magistrate if the accused sent any document to ascertain that she had received the consignment, he answered in the affirmative.
He said after six months without communication, he got a tip-off from his elder brother (Abdulraham) that the accused was in Freetown.
He said he, the complainant and Abdulraham went in search of the accused, who later told them that he was bereaved and was travelling to Kabala for funeral arrangement.
“She told me that when she returned from Kabala, we would talk about the palm oil but I never saw her after the funeral,” he said.
He told the court that the accused returned to the United Kingdom (UK) without discussing with them.
He said the complainant later made statement at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) after he learnt that the accused had returned to UK.
The matter has been adjourned to the 25, July 2017.