Magistrate Dr. Abu Bakarr Binneh Kamara of the Magistrate Freetown Court No.1, on the 29th September 2016, sentenced 23 year-old Zainab Sesay (first accused) and 24 year-old Radiatu Bundu (second accused), to two (2) years imprisonment each or pay the sum of two million eight hundred thousand Leones each after pleading guilty of willfully pretending to be medical practitioners.

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Delivering his ruling, Magistrate Dr. Binneh-Kamara noted that because the accused persons did not waste the time of the court by pleading guilty, he therefor sentenced them as stated.

Earlier, in his plea of mitigation, the Defense Counsel, Cuffie, pleaded with the bench to temper justice with mercy on the accused persons as they did not waste the time of the court and appealed with the Magistrate to caution and discharge the accused persons.

The accused persons, who were jointly charged, made their first appearance before Magistrate Dr. Binneh-Kamara on the 27th September 2016 to answer to the five (5) count charges.

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The first accused, Zainab Sesay, was arraigned on three (3) count charges (count 1, 2 and 3) ranging from willfully pretending to be a medical practitioner contrary to section 41 (a) of the Medical and Surgeons Act 1994 to possession of class A Drugs without reasonable excuse contrary to section 17 and 59 of the Pharmacy and Drugs Act 2001.

According to evidence read in court, Zainab Sesay (first accused), on the 2nd August 2016 at 34 Military Hospital, Wilberforce in Freetown, willfully pretended to be a medical practitioner and referred to herself orally as a medical nurse without the requisite qualification.

It was also disclosed that the said accused was found in possession of class A drugs: nine (9) bottles of injectable white substance, 7 small white rubbers of injection sterilized water, 3 syringe injection tubes, six (6) injection needles, one green and white check material female nursing uniform without reasonable excuse. The second accused, Radiatu Bundu, was charged on count 4 and 5 for willfully pretending to be a medical practitioner contrary to section 41 (a) of the Medical and Surgeons Act 1994.

Evidence read in court also states that Radiatu Bundu (second accused), on Wednesday 3rd August 2016 at 34 Military Hospital, Wilberforce in Freetown, willfully pretended to be a medical practitioner and referred herself orally as a medical nurse without the requisite qualification.