Magistrate Komba Kamanda of Court No.2, yesterday sentenced a farmer and a palm-wine tapper, Sorie Koroma and Santigie Turay respectively, for allegedly possessing small fire arms without licenses.
Both accused pleaded guilty to two count charges of possession of small arms without licenses contrary to section 19(2) of the Arms and Ammunition Act No.14 of 1955, as repealed and replaced by section 19(2a) of the Arms and Ammunition Act No.17 of 1974.
According to the particulars of offence, both accused on Saturday 1st June 2014 at Paw- Paw village, Western Area, were found in possession of two shot guns with two empty cartridge shells without licenses.
Magistrate Kamanda in delivering his sentence, stated that both accused pleaded guilty to the charges, as a way of saving the Court’s time and reducing the burden on the prosecution of bringing witnesses to court.
As a result, he sentenced both accused to six months imprisonment each and ordered that the exhibits be confiscated to the State and handed over to the police as State property.
By Alhaji M. Kamara
Wednesday August 27, 2014