Principal Magistrate, Ernest Gooding of the Tonkolili Magistrate Court sitting in Magburaka has convicted and sentenced one Abdulai Kabia of 55 Bo Road, Magburaka on one count charge of larceny contrary to Section 2 of the Larceny Act, 1916.
According to the particulars of offence, Abdulai Kabia on Monday 30th June 2014 along Post Office Road in Magburaka Town stole one solar power battery valued at Le 1, 200, 000 (one million two hundred thousand Leones) being property of the Government of Sierra Leone.
Whilst interpreting the law regarding the matter in front of a well-attended court session, Principal Magistrate Gooding declared, “anyone who steals a solar light panel or battery or any government property that will result in returning Magburaka to its past dark ages must expect to go to prison for a very long time if found guilty,” and on that note, he sentenced the accused the accused to five years imprisonment.
In another development, one Kadie Dumbuya a business woman of 14 Bamba Street at Mile 91 in the Yoni chiefdom, Tonkolili district, sentenced to three years imprisonment after she was found guilty on two count charge of fraudulent conversion contrary to Section 20(1) and Section 4(a) of the Larceny Act of 1916 brought against her by two different compalinants.
According to her particulars of offence she on Friday, 9th May 2014 at her residence fraudulently converted to her use and benefit certain properties valued at Le 2, 600, 000 (two million six hundred thousand Leones) entrusted to her by one Alice Kanu for the purpose of buying to wit a motorbike.
Kadie was also in the same court before Magistrate Gooding for similar charge of fraudulent conversion contrary to law occasioned sometime in 2012.
She was found guilty on both charges and sentenced to five and three years respectively.
In his ruling, the Principal Magistrate noted, “You are in the habit of depriving innocent people of their livelihoods; should I allow you to continue with your 419 antic, you will create problems in Mile 91. I therefore sentence you to five years for the first matter and 3 years for the second matter,” he concluded.
By Mohamed Kabba
Tuesday July 29, 2014