Abu Bakarr Sesay, a pupil of Albert Academy, and six others were yesterday sentenced to six months imprisonment or pay seven hundred thousand Leones each after they answered to the illegal sales of pharmaceutical drugs within the municipality.
Mohammed Kamara, Ishameal Bangura, Abu Bakarr Bangura, Mohammed Sesay, Amara Kamara and Saidu Kargbo were arraigned before Magistrate Dr. Abou Bhakarr Binneh-Kamara, presiding at the Siaka Stevens Street Magistrates’ Court No.1, on three interrelated charges of contravention of requirement under section 17 of the Pharmacy and Drugs Act of 2001, to wit possession of pharmaceutical drugs without licenses, contrary to section 59(1) of the said Act.
Police had alleged that the drug peddlers were caught on 30 March this year with various pharmaceutical drugs, including Afresan plus, Ampiciline capsule, and Amoxicilline, among others.
Prior to the sentencing, Magistrate Binneh noted that the accused persons were facing what he called ‘strict liability offences’, which makes it pretty difficult for defence counsel to prove the innocence of their clients.
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This happens when one of the accused person’s had earlier denied the charges on the grounds that he was not caught selling drugs. He told the magistrate that he went to visit his aunt, who traded in cosmetics when police arrested him.
17-year-old Abu Bakarr Sesay, however, answered to the charges after it was put to him the second time.
Meanwhile, the magistrate ordered each of the accused persons to pay Le700,000 or go to jail for six months. He also ordered the exhibits to be confiscated and handed over to the Pharmacy Board of Sierra Leone.