Lower Court Fines two relating to million dalasis land deal

By Kebba Jeffang
Upon their plea of guilty that led to their conviction during the last adjourned date, the Brikama  Magistrates’ Court imposed fines on the two accused who pleaded guilty to the charges.The remaining nine accused persons have pleaded not guilty to the charges. The eleven accused persons are from various villages in Kombo South. The trial is presided over by Principal Magistrate Omar Cham.
In passing sentence, the trial magistrate pointed out that for the fact that “the accused persons’ involvement in the case is very minimal, they were very much compromised with the prosecution during investigation, being truthful witnesses and without wasting court’s time, the sentence will be reasonable.”
Ousman Bojang was sentenced to a fine of D15,000.00 and D30,000.00 on counts one and two respectively in default he will serve jail terms of six months on each of the two counts. Malick Camara was fined D3000 on each of the two counts in default to serve jail terms of three months on each count.
The Brikama Magistrate ordered that all the sentences shall run concurrently.
According to the charge sheet, the duo among the eleven accused persons pleaded guilty to the following: Ousman Touray, Ousman Bojang, Karamo Touray, Malick Camara, Edrisa Touray, Satou Silameh, Momodou Bajo, Momodou Fatty, Muhammed Lamin Jabang, Kutubo Fatty and Yankuba Jabang were jointly charged with Felony and Misdemeanor.
According to the particulars of offence the accused persons on or about the year  2010 to 2014 in Tujereng, Sambouya, Sanyang, Gunjur, Tintinto, and Mariama Kunda respectively, in Kombo South and West Coast Region jointly conspired amongst themselves to commit a misdemeanor to wit obtaining money by false pretence.
Count two states that the accused persons at the same time and places with intent to defraud, obtained an amount of money over one million Dalasis from Global Properties from Michael Jatta and some other people with the pretext that they have lands to allocate them and knowing and believing that the said representation is false and untrue.
The remaining nine accused persons will commence their trial on 2 March, 2015 at 2pm.