Presiding Magistrate at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1, Dr. Abubakarr Binneh Kamara, Tuesday, 26 April, 2016 sentenced one Abubakarr Bangura and Ibrahim Sesay to two years imprisonment or pay a fine of Le8 million each for impersonating as officials of the Electricity Distribution and Supply Agency (EDSA).
The accused had been charged with four counts of willfully tampering with and adjusting EDSA installation, contrary to section 66 of the National Electricity Act of 2011.
The section stipulates that ‘A person who willfully tampers with or adjusts any installation or part of an installation so as likely to cause injury to human life or damage to any apparatus or other property, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not less than 70 million Leones or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or to a both fine and imprisonment.’
They accused were also charged with impersonation, contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.
According to the prosecution, the accused on Thursday, 25 February, 2016 willfully tampered with and adjusted an installation and part of an installation, which was likely to cause injury to human life or damage apparatus or other property at a house in Portee, East of Freetown.
In his sentencing statement, Magistrate Dr Kamara noted that the issue of impersonation was on the increase in the country, adding that some youths do not want to engage in gainful activities, but instead find ways to defraud people.
He said the sentence would serve as warning to other young people who are in the habit of defrauding the country. He ordered that the accused serve two years in prison or pay the sum of eight million Leones each.