Vandi Lungay, a salesman for Abcascal Distribution and Marketing Services located at Wellington, yesterday appeared at the Freetown Magistrate Court N0 1. on a one-count charge of fraudulent conversion of Le 28 million Leones.
Testifying in court the complainant, Alhaji Musa Zubairu, a distributor of the company said he recognized the accused and recalled the event of 30th May 2007.
Led in evidence by police prosecutor, the witness informed the court that the company he worked for sold 555 and London King Size cigarettes.
He added that on 30th May he supplied the accused with Le 28 million worth of goods basically 555 and London King Size cigarettes.
The complainant disclosed that since that time the accused did not pay anything to the company, adding that when he asked Vandi Lungay for the money he told him that the people who he supplied had traveled up country for the elections.
After the elections, Alhaji Musa Zubairu explained that he asked Lungay for the money but the accused could not pay him.
He narrated that as a result of this the company had instructed him to report the matter at the Kissy Mess Mess Police Station, which he said he did.
Cross examined by the accused’s lawyer Amadu Koroma, the lawyer put it to the complainant that all what he had explained in court were lies.
He also asked the complainant that if they kept records of all their sales, and secondly if these salesmen paid the money to them. The witness replied that at times the salesmen paid on the same day or they sometimes paid the following day. After cross examination, the lawyer urged the court to grant bail to his client on the basis that the accused was a Sierra Leonean who had credible surety and that the charges before the court were mere allegations.
After listening to the application made by the accused’s lawyer and the presentation of the prosecution, Magistrate Sam Margai refused the accused bail on the grounds that the sum involved in the case was colossal