By Jane B. Mansaray………..
Fatmata Bomporo Sesay and Mohamed Sesay were on Monday 21th July, 2014 denied bail by Magistrate Komba Kamanda of Freetown Magistrate Court No 2 for allegedly selling fake ten kilogram of gold dust to an Indian businessman, Mr. Ashraf Abdel Twab Yusuf.
The two accused persons are facing three counts charge of conspiracy to defraud contrary to law, obtaining money by false pretence contrary to Section 32 of the Larceny Act 1916.
According to the particulars of offence, both accused persons on the 24th April 2014 at Horse Fishing Company, Jui in Freetown conspired with other persons unknown to defraud the sum of Two hundred and seventy three million seven hundred and fifty thousand Leones from the complainant, Mr. Yusuf for gold dust knowing same to be fake.
Counsel for the accused, Lawyer Pios Sesay applied for bail on the grounds that the complainant and the accused had been engaged in genuine business until this latest development.
Bail was objected by Sgt 922 Dumbuya on the grounds that both accused were arrested on Police Warrant before statement was obtained from them. He continued that if granted bail it is likely that they might jump bail considering the nature of the offence.
Magistrate Kamanda, in his ruling denied the accused bail on the grounds that 419ner offence is a very serious offence that tends to collapse the state and giving the country a bad.
The matter was adjourned to 29th July 2014.