Mohamed Kamara, between August and September 2018, was accused by the Sierra Leone Police of fraudulently converted Le142 million in his possession, by defrauding Mahawa Barrie that he has a vehicle for sale. The accused was charged with fraudulent conversion and Conspiracy contrary to law. Appearing in Court, before Magistrate Hannah Bonnie of the Pademba Road Magistrate Court No. 1, on Monday 21 October 2019, the complainant, Mahawa Barrie, testified that the accused in questioned, is the husband of her friend Bintu Kamara. She said as a businesswoman, she was having challenges with regards to vehicle and she came in contact with the accused who assured to rescue her with one, as he is a car agent. The complainant said “I explained to him, the type of vehicle I want, which is a Benz truck,” adding that the accused even showed her a photograph of the exact vehicle she needs courtesy of a photo sent to him by Mohamed Dumbuya, his Boss. Barrie furthered informed the Court that the accused told him such task is a simple one for his Boss, who would ship the vehicle, as soon as she pays the money. Barrie said they negotiated with the accused for the price of the vehicle in her shop in Kono, and came to a conclusion of Le200 million. The witness averred that on 30 August 2018, the accused came to her and requested for Le5 million, informing her that is with regards to the vehicle, and she confirmed to the Court that she gave the accused the money.
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The witness furthered lamented that on 6 September 2018, she had a call from Mohamed Dumbuya, asking her to send the money for the vehicle to the accused, adding also that the accused persuaded her to do the same. “I instructed the accused to reach my son, at Garden View, where my son provided the sum of Le137 million to the accused.” The witness said the accused called her and confirmed to her that she had received the money and promised to come with the vehicle in 40 days’ time. The witness said since then, the accused has not come with the vehicle neither given her the money. Magistrate Bonnie remanded the accused at the Male Correctional Centre and adjourned the matter to 29 October 2019.
By Mohamed J. Bah
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