According to the Particulars of the Offence, the accused David John Conford, on diverse dates in February 2012, obtained over ninety thousand Pounds Sterling from the complainant, Madam Sonia Michele Barrie on the pretext of constructing a house at Lakka, and that the said house was to be jointly-owned by both the accused person and the complainant.
The charge sheet further disclosed that the accused person obtained the said sum from the complainant through Raju’s Foreign Exchange Bureau at Siaka Steven Street in Freetown.
Lead Counsel for the accused David John Conford, M.S. Bangura applied for bail on behalf of the accused person, on the grounds that when the matter was initially reported at the Criminal Investigation Department headquarter in Freetown, the accused person was invited and granted self-bail.
He argued that the accused person is not a flight risk, and that the offences for which the accused person David John Conford is charged are bail-able offences, and that besides, the complainant, Sonia Michele Barrie is presently outside the jurisdiction of Sierra Leone.
The Prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police, (ASP) Eric Deen vehemently opposed to bail, stating that the charges preferred against the accused person by the State are very grave offences. However, the magistrate granted bail in the sum of eight hundred million Leones and two sureties in like sum.
The sureties should be residents and house owners within the Freetown Judicial District,
The sureties should also surrender their passports to the court and bail to be approved by the Deputy Assistant Master and Registrar.
The matter was adjourned to today Monday 13 August 2018.