31-year -old Chernoh Mamaju Jalloh, a businessman, made his second appearance before the Principal Magistrate Sahr Kekura on Pademba Road Court No.1 in Freetown for an alleged conspiracy to defraud one Kadiatu Kamara that, he will facilitate her travel from Sierra Leone to Canada.
The accused was before the court on two charges to wit conspiracy to defraud contrary to law and obtaining money by false pretences contrary to Section 32(1) of the Larceny Act 1916.
Police alleged that the accused Chernoh Mamaju Jalloh on a date unknown between 1st September 2021 and 20th September 2021, at Sacville Street in Freetown, with intent to defraud, conspired with other persons unknown to commit a felony to wit obtaining money by false pretences.
It was also alleged that on the same date the accused obtained the sum of three thousand United States Dollars, equivalent to the sum of thirty-nine million, six hundred thousand Leones (Le 39, 600, 000.00) from Kadiatu Kamara by falsely pretending that he will facilitate her travel from Sierra Leone to Canada, knowing same to be false.
Kadiatu Kamara, who is also a businesswoman,testified before the principal magistrate that she recalled on the said date and the accused person in the dock in respect of the case .
Koroma said one Mr. Shiaka Sannoh introduced her to the accused that he had a program through which he could facilitate overseas travel to Canada.
She stated that herself and the Mr. Sannoh met the accused at No: 60 Sackville Street in Freetown for the accused to facilitate her travel to Canada.
“He requested that I should give him the sum of eight thousand United States Dollars and further asked me to start the process by paying the Sum of three thousand United State Dollars,” she testified.
Koroma continues that on the 20th of September 2022, she gave the sum of three thousand United State Dollars to the accused at No: 60 Sackville Street in the presence of Mr. Sannoh and that the accused gave her receipt in return.
She said the accused told her that within five months the program will materialize and that she travel to Canada.
The payment receipt was produced and tendered in court as exhibit ‘A’ to form part of court records.
The witness said after five months, she and Mr. Sannoh went to the accused to know the way forward, but that the accused neither responded nor did he told them anything tangible with regards her travel to Canada.
The witness said she made report at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) headquarter Freetown.
The witness was cross examined by Defense Counsel L.W Jalloh.
Sergeant 9939 Lahai M. is prosecuting the matter.
The matter was adjourned to the 13th of July, 2022