A Lieutenant Commander of the Maritime Unit of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF), Jonathan Michael has been sentenced by the High Court of Sierra Leone to a jail term of four years or he pays a fine of one hundred million Leones (Le 100,000,000.) The court came to this decision after it found him guilty of two counts of corruption offences on Friday 11th October 2019. The allegation against him was that he was a Commander of a Forward Operation base with headquarters at Bailor in Port Loko District. On 26th October 2016, Jenkins led an operation which successfully captured a boat, Sayenoh, which was allegedly about to embark on a smuggling operation. Certain goods were found on the Sayenoh and some of them were seized. Among the things seized were large quantity of fuel (petrol and diesel). The allegation further stated that Jenkins solicited and received a bribe, the receipt of which caused him to release the captured vessel without further process. The convict went on to sell the seized items and converted the proceeds of the sale to his own use and benefits thereby criminally conferring upon himself an advantage.
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He was charged with two counts of Soliciting an Advantage contrary to Section 28(2) and Abuse of Office contrary to Section 42(1) both under the Anti-Corruption Commission Act no.12 of 2008. During the trial, the prosecution led in evidence ten witnesses, nine of whom were factual witnesses who participated in the raid at Sayenoh. Delivering the judgement last Friday, the presiding Justice Reginald Fynn referenced the testimonies of the prosecution witnesses stating that he believed their testimonies. He noted major consistencies in their testimonies adding that since it happened in 2016, minor inconsistencies were expected. The convict in his defense had denied the allegation. He had called about five witnesses who testified on his behalf. In his testimony before the court, he had admitted that the fuel was seized. He had also admitted that he gave part of the seized fuel to one Lamin whom he claimed he usually borrowed fuel from. He denied ordering the arrest of the owners of the fuel. His defense however did not stand. Justice Fynn found him guilty and sentenced him to four years in jail on each of the counts. Alternatively, the Judge ordered that he pays a fine of fifty million Leones (Le 50,000,000) on each of the counts. The jail term will be run concurrently.
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