𝐁𝐲 𝐇𝐚𝐣𝐚 𝐀𝐝𝐚𝐦𝐚 𝐊𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐚
After they allegedly collected monies from several individuals, claiming to facilitate their traveling to Australia, some employees of Q-net have appeared in court to answer to several charges before Magistrate Marke Ngegba of Court No.1 along Pademba Road in Freetown.
According to the charges before the Court, the accused persons on dates unknown between the 1st May 2022 and the 31st June 2022 at No.124 City Road off Haja- Fatmata Wellington, Western Area in Freetown with intent to defraud conspired together and with other persons unknown to commit a felony to wit obtaining money by false pretenses.
Police also alleged that the accused persons caused money to be paid by Sinnah Aminata Kamara the sum of Seventy thousand New Leones to facilitate the issuance of a visa to Canada knowing same to be false.
Police also alleged that the accused persons, on the same date obtained the sum of seventy million Leones from Aruna Quesi to facilitate his travelling to Australia knowing same to be false.
The accused persons are facing 11 counts of Conspiracy to commit a fraud, ten counts ranging from obtaining money by false pretences.
Led in evidence by State Counsel, Christian Davis Cole, the second prosecution witness, Abdul Rahman Bangura, recalled that on the 1st May 2022 and the 31st July 2022, a certain Ibrahim Koroma disclosed that the 8th and 4th accused persons, were going to prepare documentation for his travel overseas.
Based on that the witness said he asked the second accused about the procedure, adding that the second accused requested for his WASSCE result and gave the sum of NLe500 for the application form.
Bangura told the Court that he also gave the sum of two million Leones to the accused persons. Before long, Bangura was anxious that he had not received the form he had paid money for, but when he expressed his anxiety, he was told by one of the accused persons that the second accused is a master when it comes to filling of application forms.
Bangura continued that he also sent another Le 2 million and then another Le5,500. He furthered that he was told to come the following day for interview, which he said he did and was questioned by the accused persons and was later congratulated on the grounds that he made it.
Bangura was also told that two spaces were available; he brought two of his friends to occupy the two spaces that were available. His friend paid the sum of Le 15 million to a certain Sorie Kabbah.
He added that a certain Moses also paid the sum of Le 7 million Leones. Before long, I came to realized that it was a fraud through the 8th accused person who told him that his friend had travelled, but when I enquired, I realized that it was all lies.
“One of the accused, Sorie told me that he has also come to realize that it was a fraud, adding that he wanted to quit, so I requested that a refund be made to my friends, but they dragged feet to do so,” Bangura revealed.
He mentioned that a family friend advised him to make a report at the Barracks Police Station.
During cross-examination by the accused persons who were not represented by a lawyer, nearly all accused persons denied doing business with the victim and witness. The 8th accused person told the Court that he was not in town when the alleged incident occurred.
After cross-examination, State Counsel, Christian Davis Cole requested for an adjournment date.
Magistrate Marke Ngegba adjourned the matter to the 13th October 2022. The accused persons are on bail.