Abdul Akim Koroma alias Borboh For E-Mot was yesterday remanded at the Pademba Road Male Correctional Centre by presiding Magistrate Abu Bakarr Binneh Kamara of Court No. 1 for allegedly obtaining money amounting to Twenty Million Leones from Bombay Market Fish Mongers through their seven man committee called Bombay Street Organisation, by means of false pretenses.
The accused faces fourteen counts relating to obtaining money by false pretence contrary to Section 32 (1) of the Larceny Act, 1916.
According to the particulars of offence, the accused in October 2015 at Montogue Street via Bombay Street obtained the sum of Twenty Million Leones from different business women belonging to the said organisation including one Hawa Kamara, Chairlady of the above organisation by falsely pretending that he will help them secure a soft loan from the Government of Sierra Leone through President Koroma, knowing same to be false.
In her testimony, the first prosecution witness who happens to be one of the complainants in the matter, Mammy Hawa Kamara who is also the Chairlady of the said organisation said she recognised the accused and had known him for several years.
She described the accused as a State House worker that had been assisting them in diverse ways and had also gone to the extent of leading them to State House to see President Koroma on a burning issue that had to do with the destruction of their market stalls by Freetown City Council officers.
This according to the witness went on well as their market stalls were then repaired and since then they had built that trust and confidence in the accused person.
The witness said she recalled in October 2015 when the accused approached her organisation and intimated them of a United Nations soft loan for market women through State House.
She said the accused asked her that since they had been dancing in support of the ruling All Peoples Congress Party (APC) what had they really benefitted from the party?
The witness said the accused assured them that “This is the time that you should benefit from the Ebola funds managed by State House”.
She said the accused then demanded Ten Million Leones from them as according to him, to print T-Shirts and banners which they the market women will wear to sing and dance for the President at State House in order to be able to receive the loan.
The witness said the accused assured her group members that each one of them will receive a loan of Twenty Million Leones from State House out of the Ebola funds that were collected. The trial continues.