By Alhaji Koroma
A purported e-voucher top-up seller accused of converting top-up worth over ninety-three million Leones has been remanded at the Male Correctional Centre in Freetown.
Yesterday, the accused person, Abu Bakarr Kamara was arraigned for fraudulent conversion before Justice Alieu John Bosco during the September session of criminal matters at the High Court.
Abu Bakarr, having denied the allegations in the preliminary investigations of the matter at the magistrate court, corroborated same as the charges were put to him.
State prosecutor Y.S. Koroma claimed that the accused person on diverse dates between 29th April and 1st May 2016, in Freetown, fraudulently converted fifty-five million Leones worth of Africell e-voucher top-up from one James Mansaray.
Within the same period, the prosecutor alleged that the accused person fraudulently converted top-up worth thirty-eight million four hundred thousand Leones entrusted to him by the same person for sale.
Since the matter was only called over for hearing, there was no witness to lead and the Judge has adjourned the matter to the 9th October, 2017.
Come October, the matter would be allocated to a Judge for proper trial.
The onus then would be on the prosecution to provide witnesses/evidences that would implicate the accused person of the alleged crime.
Accordingly, any person who commits fraudulent conversion shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction thereof liable to penal servitude for any term not exceeding seven years.
The accused person represented by lawyer C. Campbell and O.C. Spencer Coker, would be discharged by the trial judge if s/he finds there is not enough evidence against him.