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The State claimed that the first accused person, Mohamed Osman Sesay alias Assassin pretended to be the Director of National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT), and that the said National Social Security and Insurance Trust has been tasked to contribute to the preparation for the May 12, 2018 inauguration ceremony of Brigadier (Retired) Julius Maada Bio, and in effect promised to issue a cheque for the purchase of food to be collected by assigned staff of the said National Social Security and Insurance Trust.

They are charged with the offenses of Obtaining Goods by False Pretence and Forgery, contrary to Section (7a) of the Forgery Act of 1913, and that on the above-stated dates the three accused persons collected fifty nine cartons of chicken legs from Karan Khatri, Sales Manager of Freeze Land Shop at 32 Wilkinson Road in Freetown, valued at six million, seven hundred and sixty five thousand Leones.

The charge sheet indicates that the three accused persons also collected forty cartons of sausage valued at three million Leones, thirty cartons of gizzards, valued at four million, two hundred thousand Leones and twenty four jelly cans of cooking oil valued at four million, three hundred and seventy five thousand Leones.

The State further alleged that the three accused  persons collected ten cartons of fresh milk valued at one million, seven hundred thousand Leones from the same Karan Khatri and on 8 May 2018, they again collected twenty five cartons of chicken legs, valued at two million eight hundred and seventy five thousand Leones, twenty five bags of onions, valued at two million, eight hundred and seventy five thousand Leones, twenty cartons of gizzards, valued at two million, eight hundred thousand Leones.

Police also claimed that the three accused persons on diverse dates between 7 May 2018 and 8 May 2018, went further to collect twenty jelly cans of cooking oil, valued at three million, five hundred thousand Leones, forty-nine cartons of chicken legs, valued at six million, seven hundred and sixty five thousand Leones, including thirty cartons of gizzard, valued at four million Leones.

It is also alleged that the three accused persons, Mohamed Osman Sesay alias Assassin, Lamin Sorie Sesay and Francis Gadd on the above-mentioned dates collected twenty five jelly cans of cooking oil, valued at four million, three hundred and seventy five thousand leones, forty cartons of sausage, valued at three million, six hundred thousand leones and the sum of six million Leones by virtue of a forged document to wit: Rokel Commercial Bank cheque dated 7 May 2018 from Karan Khatri.

 The three alleged criminals made their second appearance before Magistrate Santigie Bangura at Court No.1 on Monday 13 August 2018. The accused persons legal representative J.M Jengo re-echoed his application for bail, but the presiding magistrate denied the accused persons bail, and ordered that they be remanded at the Male Correctional Centre on Pademba Road in Freetown.

Accused persons Mohamed Osman Sesay and Lamin Sorie Sesay are also facing multiple charges ranging from conspiracy to commit an offense to wit: Impersonation on a different case file.

Both accused persons allegedly impersonated President Julius Maada Bio and his Personal Assistant, Abdulai Sesay and attempted to fleece Pastor David Chambers and the Managing Director of Mercury International, Martin Michael.

Assistant Superintendent of Police, (ASP) Erick Deen is prosecuting the matter and Magistrate Santigie Bangura adjourned the matter to Wednesday 15 August 2018.

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