Fake Police Officer Sentenced to Two Years Imprisonment in Freetown
After three witnesses testified against him in an ongoing summary trial, and was found guilty, Magistrate Sahr Kekura on Wednesday 27th October 2021 handed down a 2 year sentence on one Obi Momoh Katta, alias self-style.
The accused Obi Momoh Katta on Friday 28th May 2021, at Foo-foo Water, Waterloo assaulted complainant Mohamed Osman Mahoi in a manner thereby occasioning actual bodily harm.
Police added that the accused, Katta, at the same place and time, and with intent to defraud falsely pretended to be a member of the Sierra Leone Police Force and charged the complainant the sum of ten thousand Leones (10, 000,00) in Sierra Leone currency.
The accused was faced with two counts charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm contrary to section 47 of the persons Act 1861 and impersonation contrary to section 3 of cap 34 as amended by section 3 of the impersonation and Uniform Amendment Act No. 13 of 1975.
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Delivering his ruling on the above matter, Magistrate Sahr Kekura said in proving its case, the prosecution called three witnesses including the formal witness and the exhibit clerk respectively.
He said the accused cross examined all prosecution witnesses for and on behalf of himself.
He said at the close of the prosecution’s case, the accused in defending himself selected to rely on his statement made to the police.
Looking at the evidence adduced before the court including the confessional statement of the accused at the police station in which he stated that the allegations against him were true and correct, magistrate Sahr Kekura said he is convinced that the prosecution has proved their case beyond all reasonable doubt on both count charges against the accused.
He therefore slammed 2 years imprisonment or pays a fine of three million Leones.