A fairly old man Pa-Basiru Conteh was yesterday charged with fraudulent conversion Contrary to section 14A of the larceny Act of 1916 at the Freetown Magistrate Court No. 1 presided over by Magistrate Alford Fidawi.
He is accused of allegedly converting an assorted number of mobile phones which ranged from Nokia-L6 and Motorola cell phones and their chargers which were entrusted to him for safe keeping at his No. 18 Wilberforce street residence by one Mohamed Kargbo.
According to the accused Pa-Basiru Conteh sometime in April this year he was approached by one Mohamed Kargbo who posed as a trader on the directive of another trader one Baimba to help him with storage facility, but little did he realise that he was doing it to his own detriment.
He said the complainant never disclosed the specification of items contained in the box and there was nobody around to witness the whole transaction for any eventuality.
On the day of the incident, the accused explained that he was not around as he had gone out for prayers. He said he returned home shivering from high fever and could not identify any item brought to him for safe keeping. On the next day he said the complainant came around requesting from him his items but he replied that nothing was handed to him for safekeeping, adding that the person who used to bring the items was not seen on that day.
But the complainant insisted that he had earlier sent his younger brother to take his items from the accused person at no. 18 Wilberforce street. It was at that juncture that the complainant called for police intervention.
He said he was taken to the Police station where he was detained for seven days before being brought to court.
Representing the accused person Lawyer M M Kamara requested for bail on behalf of his client, pointing out that his client was a citizen of Sierra Leone and besides he has a fixed abode. The matter was adjourned to 6th April, 2008.In another development one Sahr Kelvin Sumana was also tried for obtaining the sum of Le84 million Leones from Commium headquarters at Wilkinson Road Freetown by false pretence contrary to section 32 sub-section 1 of the larceny Act of 1916.