As a means of discouraging the issue of fraud in the country, Magistrate Komba Kamanda of Court No.2, yesterday remanded five accused, including Mustapha Sannoh who is a staff of the National Power Authority (NPA) and also lectures at the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM) for allegedly conspiring to defraud the Government of Sierra Leone of 40,000 litres of diesel, valued at Le 180m (one hundred and eighty million Leones).
The accused are Mustapha Sannoh, Aiah Moseray, Mohamed Mamoud Conteh, Sheriff Koroma and Admire Browne, who faced four-count charges.
In count one, they are charged with the offence of Conspiracy to defraud the Government of Sierra Leone and particulars of offence states that on diverse dates between Saturday 10th May and Sunday 18th May 2014 in Freetown, with intent to defraud the Government conspired with others unknown by falsely pretending that NPA at Blackhall Road is in urgent need of fuel which was supplied.
On count two, the accused faced with the offence of Larceny by Servant contrary to section 17 (1)(a) of the Larceny Act 1916 and particulars of offence, state that on the same date at the same place being a Clerk or Servant, stole from the Government of Sierra Leone 40,000 (forty thousand ) litres of diesel valued at Le180m (one hundred and eighty Million Leones).
The accused on count three were charged with the offence of embezzlement contrary to section 17(1))b) of the same Act and particulars of offence disclosed that the accused on diverse dates between Friday 16th May and Monday 19th May 2014, being a Clerk or Servant fraudulently embezzled from the Government of Sierra Leone the sum of Le180m, and on count four, they faced a charge on the offence of Obtaining goods by false pretences contrary to section 32(1) of the same Act as particulars of offence state that on the same date as count three, with intent to defraud, obtained from the National Petroleum Limited 40, 000 litres diesel, valued at Le180m, pretending that NPA at Blackhall Road is in urgent need of fuel and the said fuel was supplied.
No plea was taken on all charges and Counsel Hindolo M. Gevao representing the 1st, 2nd and 3rd accused, Lawyer Julian Cole representing the 4th and 5th accused, while State Prosecutor Monfred Sesay together with AGM Bockarie and Musa N. Bittar are prosecuting.
Counsel Monfred Sesay stated that their witnesses are not in court, so the prosecution is asking for an adjournment on which date they will commence with their witnesses, as they have just been given the file, which they have to read in order to prepare their witnesses.
Based on this proclamation, the Defence counsels applied for bail individually for their respective clients citing section 79 (2) and (3) of the Criminal Procedure Act of 1965 that makes provision for an accused to be granted bail for the said offences they stand charged and that bail is at the discretion of the Magistrate respectively.
Counsel Monfred Sesay objected to their bail applications due to the nature of the offences as they are both felonious and also hinge on dishonesty, citing section 79(3) of the Criminal Procedure Act of 1965.
Magistrate Komba Kamanda ruled that considering the nature of the offences, all the accused are being remanded in custody and adjourned the matter to Wednesday 4th June 2014
Friday May 30, 2014