Magistrate Emmanuella Harding of Court No.1 has sentenced one Hassan Kargbo who was found guilty for carrying instruments of sorcery, contrary to section 65(1) of the Summary Conviction Offenses Act.
Accused Hassan was Friday 9th convicted and will be serving 7 months jail term at the Pademba Road Correctional Center in Freetown.
The accused, who confessed to the police, later denied all the charges against him in court, and said “I am a fisherman and has got no business in sorcery.”
He further told the court that he had travelled to Freetown from Tombo to see his younger brother, but on his return was attacked by some people, who accused him of carrying a witch-gun.
“I have never seen a witch-gun in my life,” he said.
He denied making confession statement to the police, but said: “I only told the police I was in Freetown to see my younger brother.”
Even though the accused was reluctant in accepting what he earlier told the police, his statement reads the otherwise and was tendered as exhibit in court.
Applying for bail, lawyer representing the accused, H. Daboh told the court that his client (accused) is a first time offender with no evidence of previous crime.
He asked that the court tamper justice with mercy and discharge him.
Meanwhile, Hannah Quee, the woman alleged to have hired accused Hassan, who together was charged with the latter, was granted 10,000,000 (ten million Leones) bail with two sureties.
Hannah and Hassan were taken to court for conspiracy contrary to law.
Accused Hannah was represented by Lawyer C. Campbell.
The matter was adjourned to 16th June 2017 for next hearing.