Principal Magistrate Dr. Binneh Kamara of Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 yesterday remanded two accused persons Marcus Kanu and Abdul Mohamed Kamara at the Pademba Road Male Correctional Center for the offense of Academic Malpractices at the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM).
The accused were arraigned on four counts of conspiracy to commit a crime, willfully making false statement and procuring to obtain Mathematics paper in a University examination contrary to the Perjury Act 1911.
According to the particulars of offence, the accused on the 20th June 2016 at Saint Edwards Secondary School Kingtom in Freetown conspired with others to commit a crime to wit willfully making false statement knowing same to be false.
The other count states that the first accused, Marcus Kanu who claimed to be Abdul Mohamed Kamara on the said date at the above address in Freetown made a false statement that he is a third year student and that he is required to take the Mathematics Paper in the examination conducted by IPAM for year one students knowing same to be false.
In his testimony in court, the first Prosecution Witness, Darlington Bockarie Bangura an Administrative staff at the said university in Sierra Leone said he saw the accused person on the date of the incident at the exams hall at Kingtom.
He said he recalled on the 20th June 2016 while he was distributing exams draft papers at the Saint Edwards Secondary School.
The witness said that after distributing the draft paper, he was intimated by one Jeremiah Victor Harding, an invigilator at the exams hall of the accused.
Based on the Information, the witness said he reported the matter to his immediate boss and later he had cause to approach the first accused at the exams hall where the accused told him that he is a third year student studying Applied Accounting.
The witness continued that the accused also gave his full name as Abdul Mohamed Kamara. The witness testimony was discontinued and the matter was adjourned to the 14th July 2016 for further evidence.