Augustine Foyah, a motor mechanic purporting to be a landlord at White Street Brookfields in Freetown was yesterday found guilty and sentenced to a jail term of eighteen (18) months on a preliminary investigation for obtaining the sum of one Million Leones from one Amadu Wurie Bah for a room and parlor apartment to let, knowing same to be false.

Fraud

The accused was charged with one count of obtaining money by false pretence contrary to Section 32 (1) of the Larceny Act 1916.

The particulars of offence state that the accused on the 2ndJuly 2015 along White Street Brookfields in Freetown with intent to defraud and obtain certain property that is to say the sum of one Million Leones from one Amadu Wurie Bah, complainant in the matter falsely pretending that the said apartment was his.

In his submission, counsel for the accused, Lawyer Deen Tarawalie asked the court to temper justice with mercy to the accused by not imposing a custodial sentence.

But according to Magistrate Mohamed Seray Wurie the accused deserved more than that as his sentence will serve as an example to others out there that are collecting money from peaceful Sierra Leoneans for accommodation knowing same to be false.

In his sentence, Magistrate Seray Wurie said that the accused must serve the said jail term and at the same time refund the said money collected from the complaint.