By Salifu Conteh
Magistrate Seray Wurie at the Pademba Road Court No. 2, yesterday Thursday 4th December 2014 granted bail to two accused persons, Sulaiman Bangura and Mohamed Bangura, in the sum of One hundred Million Leones each with two sureties; each accused persons must deposit a sum of ten Million Leones into the Judicial sub-treasury account as a guarantee.
The accused persons were alleged to have connived together with other individuals unknown and obtained the sum of seventy-one (71) Million Leones from the complainant Isaac Sesay on a diverse date in July 2014 by falsely pretending that they have a piece of land at Regent village for sale, knowing the same to be false.
The accused persons were arraigned on a three (3) count charge each of Conspiracy to Defraud contrary to Law and two count of Obtaining Money by False Pretences contrary to section 32 (1) of the Larceny Act of 1916.
They were granted a stiff bail after the Defense Attorney Lawyer Sulaiman Kabba Koroma entered a bail application on behalf of his clients, stating that bail is integral to the accused persons, pursuant to section 79 of the Criminal Procedure Act of 1965. He said the accused persons can only settle the matter if they are granted bail reiterating that they cannot be incarcerated at the same time sorting out the matter as a means of paying the money. He said they have credible sureties and have no intention of either jumping bail or interfering with any of the Prosecution’s witneses.
His application was vehemently opposed by the Police Prosecutor, Woman Inspector Agatha F. Heals, on the grounds that the gravity of the offences and quantum of money involved.
Magistrate Seray Wurie however granted bail to the accused persons in the sum of one hundred (100) Million Leones each, with two sureties each, adding that the accused persons and sureties must produced evidence of identity any two of the following, i.e. National Identity Card, Voter Registration Card, National passport or Drivers License.
In addition, he said, each accused persons must deposit a sum of ten (10) Million Leones each into the Judicial Sub-Treasury account as a guarantee, bail to be approved by the Acting Master and Registrar of the High Court.
Meanwhile, the accused persons were unable to meet the bail conditions up to press time and were taken back to the Pademba Road Correctional Center.
The matter continues on Friday 12th December 2014.