At the opening of the High Court Criminal Session held at the Siaka Stevens Street High Court in Freetown on Tuesday 26th November 2019, two men pleaded guilty to stealing. The presiding Justice Alusine Sesay sentenced each of them to five years in the Correctional Centre. The two men were separately charged to court. The first, Mustapha Mansaray is accused of entering the dwelling house of Finda Judith Ngaujah on 19th March 2019. When he entered the house, he stole items to a total value of four million five hundred thousand Leones (Le 4,500,000). He was charged with one count of Larceny in a Dwelling House contrary to the Larceny Act, 1916. Mansaray made his first appearance before the Judge on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to the offense. He was sentenced to five years despite his plea for mercy. The second convict was Mohamed Sesay. On 24th April 2019, he stole from one Komeh items to a total value of one million, two hundred and five thousand Leones (Le 1,205,000). He was charged with the offense of Larceny from Person contrary to the Larceny Act, 1916. On his first appearance before the Judge on Tuesday, he also pleaded guilty to the offense. Despite the defense counsel’s plea for mercy on grounds of the convict’s sincerity, the Judge ordered that he be sentenced to five years. His term already spent on remand will be considered.
By Edna Browne-Dauphine
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