One Abass Morray Kargbo, who claimed to be a bank manager at Financial Services Development Bank, was last Friday (24 June) remanded at the Male Correctional Centre on Pademba.
He was arraigned for allegedly defrauding 20 individuals at Bamoi Luma, Magbema chiefdom, Kambia District the sum of Le42, 525,000.
Police Prosecutor, Sergeant 922 John Dumbuya, said the accused told the police in his statement that the bank in question was yet to start operation, but would be supported by the World Bank.
The prosecutor alleges that the man on diverse dates between 21 November, 2014 and 31 January, 2015 at No.16 Kambia Road, Bamoi Luma, conspired with other person(s) unknown to commit a crime to wit obtaining money by false pretences, contrary to section 32(1) of the Larceny Act of 1916.
Lawyer A. Conteh, who deputised his senior colleague, F.B. Conteh, applied for bail on behalf of the accused person, pursuant to section 79(1) & (2) of the Criminal Procedure Act of 1965.
He told Magistrate Dr. Abou Bhakarr Binneh-Kamara that his client was the breadwinner of eight children and that they have a credible surety that was ready and able to bail the accused, adding that his client poses no flight risk.
However, Sergeant Dumbuya opposed to bail, citing the seriousness of the offense. He told the magistrate that all the complainants were in court, but he was yet to have a conference with them, thus asking for an adjournment. The magistrate upheld the prosecution’s application and adjourned the matter to 30 June, 2016.