cpSierra Leone: Sahr Komba, an employee of Micro-bit Forex Bureau, was sent back to jail after he appeared before Magistrate Sahr Kekura at the Freetown Magistrate Court No. 1 on Pademba Road on allegations of financial Impropriety.
According to the police, accused person Sahr Komba on Thursday 12th November 2019, and several other dates embezzled over Le 50 million Leones from Micro-bit Forex Bureau.
Komba is charged with four counts of embezzlement contrary to Section 17(1) (b) of the Larceny Act of 1916.
Prosecution witness, Mohamed Barrie, a resident of Metzger Street in Kissy, disclosed that he is an Auditor at Microbit Foreign Exchange Bureau at Goderich Street in Freetown.
He recognized the accused person in the dock whom he identified as his workmate. He disclosed that the accused is one of their cashiers.
“My role as an auditor, includes, but not limited to auditing bank statements of cashiers,” he said.
He recalled on the 16th January 2020, while he was auditing the Company’s account, found out that there were three different dates during which transactions that took place did not correspond with the records at the finance department.
“On the 12th November 2019, a cash officer deposited Le 50million into the Company’s account that bears the name of the accused, Sahr Komba. According to the bank statement, the money was withdrawn on the same day,” he revealed.
He continued that the accused withdrew the money to pay customers, but he reported to the finance officer of the Company that he only withdrew Le 20 million, when he actually withdrew Le 50 million.
“On the 23rd December 2019, he was given Le50million Leones, but he had 20 in his account which summed up to Le 70 million Leones. On the same date he also withdrew Le 60 million Leones on the same account, but he reported to the finance officer that he withdrew Le 50 million Leones,” he went on.
He added that one the 24th December 2019, the Company deposited one hundred million Leones (Le 100,000,000). “On the same date, he reported Le 60 million Leones, and reported to the finance officer that he withdrew Le 50 million Leones.
“At the end of the audit, we reached the conclusion that he had Le 50 million Leones which he has not accounted for,” he further revealed.
The auditor’s findings were tendered in court for it to identified, and it was marked as exhibits K1 to 6. The bank statements which the auditor used to do his audit were also tendered for it to form part of the court records, and it was marked as exhibits L1 to 20.
The accused person who was not represented in court argued that he and the witness never sat down for him to be audited, but the witness maintained that he did not audit the accused, but the bank statements.
The witness said he was being audited by his boss, but not the witness. He asked the witness who informed him that he has to give him Le 50 million Leones, but the witness said he didn’t because the accused was already in police custody.
Police prosecutor Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Ibrahim Sheik Mansaray disclosed that that was the case for the prosecution.
The Magistrate, at this stage withdrew the file for ruling. He will at this stage determine, based on the evidence brought before the court, as to whether he will commit it to the High Court or not.
However, the witness pleaded with the Magistrate for he and the complaint to settle the matter, but the Magistrate disclosed that he does not possess the power to settle that case, but will only do preliminary Investigation into the alleged offence.
Magistrate Kekura sent Komba back to jail and he adjourned the matter to the 9th June 2021 SKS/03/06/2021
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