Police Officer in Land Scam
Accused police constable Anthony Fayia Jabba DPC 1349, attached to the special branch of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters, presently studying at the Njala University, on Monday October 1st made his second appearance before magistrate Komba Kamanda at the Freetown Magistrate Court No 2.
The accused stands on a five court charge ranging from obtaining money under false pretences, causing money to be paid to another by means of fraud contrary to section 32 (1) of the Larceny Act 1916.
The particulars of offence states that on diverse dates between 4th June and 25th November 2010 at No 35 Rawdon Street, the accused person obtained money from the complainant Sahid Eberon Key in the sum of Le69 million for the purchase of a four town lot, knowing same to be false; also received from Yayah T. Jalloh the sum of Le 4 million, and Raymond John Le 16 million, all for the said property.
Prosecution Witness (PW 2) Sei Stemnron testified in the well of the court that he was with the complainant Sahid, when the accused person told him that he owns a plot of land on sale, adding that if the accused is not ready to sell he will take him to his solicitor for legal process of property transfer.
The witness continued that when they approached the lawyer of the accused, Mr. Vandi, he told the complainant that he will assist them to obtain a building permit, site plan, and all the necessary documents surrounding conveyance, adding that the complainant paid the sum of $750 which was paid to him. He promised that these documents will be made available to them in two weeks after the date of receipt of the said amount.
PW 2 further testified that the lawyer did not deliver the documents as promised but after persistence the lawyer later issued some documents that were presumed to be genuine, PW2 said it was only later that they discovered that it is regular trick of certain lawyers to connive with 419ers to defraud and siphon monies from people.
Presiding Magistrate Kamanda admonished that the complainant did not used his money to buy a case but rather to purchase a piece of land. He ruled that due to the seriousness of the offence, bail was denied and the matter was adjourned to October 8th.
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