Suspected fraudster awaits sentencing

Monday, October 02, 2017

(Friday, 29th September 2017 Issue)
Principal Magistrate Omar Cham of the Brikama Magistrates’ Court yesterday adjourned the case involving one Ebrima Saidy, for sentencing.

This was after the accused, Ebrima Saidy, pleaded guilty to a single charge of obtaining money by false pretence.

The prosecution alleged that the suspect, Ebrima Saidy, on 29 August, 2017 at Ndemban Village in Foni Brefet District of the West Coast Region, defrauded Malang Camara in the sum of D4, 700 on the pretext that he would cure his daughter, knowing that the representation was false.

The accused pleaded guilty to the charge, and narrating the brief facts of the case, the prosecuting officer, Bangura disclosed that on 29 August 2017, the accused visited the family of Malang Camara and told them that he was away for 9 years in Sweden and came back to the country for the Tobaski feast.

The prosecuting officer further disclosed that the accused went to the complainant’s father and requested that he purify his body.

During the visit, the accused saw the daughter of the complainant and he was informed that his daughter has been sick for a while and that all efforts made to cure her had been abortive.

The accused, who replied that he would help, promised to take the sick girl for an overseas treatment, to which he demanded for the sum of D2, 500 to enable him obtain medical documents.

The prosecution officer informed the court that the complainant then gave him D3, 000 to obtain the medical documents, and after a while the accused returned and demanded for the sum of D1, 700 and was never seen again.

The officer revealed that the complainant’s patience ran out of steam, and decided to lodge the complaint at the Somita Police Station. He said when an investigation was mounted the suspect was apprehended.

Police officer Bangura told the court that the suspect was cautioned and his statements were obtained.

In his plea of mitigation, the accused having being convicted by the court begged the court for forgiveness, urging them to assist him in ensuring that he gets a medical treatment. He claimed that he was suffering from a serious eye problem.

The matter was adjourned until 3 October 2017, for sentencing.

Author: Bruce Asemota