By Jane B. Mansaray.
The Social Secretary of the Old Bo Boys Association (OBBA) Mr. Augustine Fayia Tamba has been dragged to court by a private owned business company named English Investment General Merchandise for the supply of OBBA paraphernalia worth over one hundred and ninety five Million Leones.
The accused, Mr. Augustine Fayia Tamba in July 2017 was arraigned on a Private Criminal Sermon before Magistrate Hannah Bonnie of Freetown Magistrate Court No.2 on two counts of obtaining goods by false pretence and fraudulent conversion contrary to law.
In his evidence in court, the complainant who is also the owner of the company in Freetown, Mr. George Sesay told the court that he recognizes and knows the accused person as a friend.
The witness said he recalled sometime in December 2016 when the accused person contacted him in China on WhatsApp to order some materials for OBBA 2017 Anniversary Celebrations in Bo City.
As per agreement, the witness told the court that the accused requested him to print fifteen thousand five thousand wall clocks, one hundred and thirty thousand T-shirts, one hundred and fifty thousand caps, thirty thousand bodies and eighty thousand car flyers.
According to the witness, he printed the said items on the instruction of the accused person and in February 2017, he (witness) shipped the goods to the accused person in Freetown.
The witness continued that after the supply, the accused assured and promised to pay for the goods within a week but since then no effort was made by the accused person to keep to his promise.
Mr. George Sesay said he had cause to first report the matter to OBBA Chairman, Honorable Charles Rogers and the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) AL-Sheik Kamara for their intervention.
After several meetings with the said named people together with the accused, no payment was made and the complainant said he was left with no option but to take Court Action against the accused person.
Several documents including the printed conversation between the accused and complainant, and agreement documents were produced and tendered in Court as exhibits.
The accused was at his first appearance in Court denied bail and remanded at the Pademba Road Male Correctional Centre. He was later granted bail on his second appearance.
The matter continues and Lawyer H. R. Ahmed is prosecuting the matter.