Concord Times (Freetown)

26 February 2013

Sierra Leone: Le100 Million Bail for Alleged Fraud On Minister

One Aiah Moseray was Thursday slammed a Le100 million bail by the presiding magistrate of Court No.1 for allegedly attempting to defraud the former Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children's Affairs, Stephen J. Gaojia on February 3 this year. According to the particulars of offence, the accused on the said date at the New England Ville junction attempted to defraud the complainant on the pretext that he has gold dust for sale knowing it to be false.

Led in evidence by police prosecutor Inspector D. M. Koroma, prosecution witness No.1, David Lincoln, told the court that he recognizes the accused and can recall on the stated date when the accused went to the complainant for a business transaction. He said upon the advice of the accused, the complainant took him (accused) upstairs for privacy.

Lincoln explained that they later came downstairs and asked to be accompanied to New England Ville.

"As we reached the junction, the accused told us to come down from the vehicle. While we stood by the road, the accused removed a black plastic (polyethylene) containing what he claimed to be gold dust and gave it to the complainant. No sooner had that happened than the accused moved off and the complainant asked us to call the attention of the police alleging that the accused person was the one that had earlier defrauded him in the same manner," Lincoln told the court, adding that the accused was arrested and taken to the New England Ville police station.

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