Forgery & Uttering: Convict Awaits Sentence

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By Mohamed Kai

High Court Judge, Hon. Justice Ivan Ansumana Sesay adjudicating over the High Court No.2 at Siaka Stevens Street has said that he has adjourned a criminal matter to another date for recording and sentencing of one Ansu Sesay who pleaded guilty to the offence of Forgery.

The convict is also facing two counts charges on Forgery and Uttering, contrary to section (6) sub section (2) of the Forgery Act of 1913 of the laws of Sierra Leone.

The Particulars of Offence indicated that the convict between 1st April 2019 and 28th April 2019 in Freetown, Sierra Leone forged and uttered one Voter Registration card, which negates certain core sections of the Criminal Procedure Act and the National Public Elections Act.

The convict told the court that he committed the said offences through the assistance of a candidate who contested the then Waterloo Headman and Local Council elections.

When the charges were put to the convict Ansu Sesay, he pleaded guilty and further pleaded with the adjudicating Judge, Justice Ivan Ansumana Sesay to tamper justice with mercy.

He intimated the court that he had no intention to forge the said Voter Registration card, but to replace it in order to enable him participate at the nomination ceremony of his favorite candidate at the Waterloo Headman and Local Council Elections.

In his wisdom, the presiding Judge informed the court that the act of forgery and uttering is criminal, and that he would defer his judgment against the convict for recording and sentencing, after thoroughly digesting and perusing the National Public Elections Act on Wednesday 15th January 2020.

The matter was prosecuted by lawyer V. E. A. Kabbia, whilst the convict, Ansu Sesay was defended by barrister Cecilia Tucker from the Legal Aid Board.

In a separate court proceeding, Justice Ivan Ansumana Sesay ordered the incarceration of Hassan Sheriff of 44 Taylor Street at Wellington to the Male Correctional Centre at Pademba Road after the accused allegedly committed grave criminal offences.

The accused person is charged with the offence of Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, contrary to law and Larceny, which contravenes Section (2) of the Larceny Act of 1916.

He is alleged to have stolen one Ford Eveco truck with Registration Number; AGO 229 valued at sixty five million Leones; one GMC-3500 bus with Registration Number AJT 667, valued at seventy million Leones in addition to a quantity of Eveco spare parts valued at twenty five million Leones.

The court also claimed that the accused person Hassan Sheriff with intent to defraud presented one Life Card Honda CRV Jeep with Registration Number AJO 229 dated 4th July 2014 in the name of Ford Eveco T-max with Registration Number AGO 229 property of the complainant Bashiru Bangura.

The accused person was represented by lawyer M. Y. Kanu and the matter was prosecuted by barrister V.E.A. Kabbia of Law Officers’ Department.

Justice Ivan Ansumana Sesay later ordered that the accused person Hassan Sheriff be kept at the Male Correctional Centre at Pademab Road in the western part of Freetown.

The mater comes up again on 3rd February 2020

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