Pastor George Hamilton, a racketeer and supposed ‘Man of God’ has been convicted and sentenced to twelve months imprisonment for fraudulently converting to his own use forty-nine million four hundred thousand Leones worth items.
He was jailed by magistrate Manuella Harden at the Pademba Road Court No.1, arraigned on a-one count of fraudulent conversion.
At the proceedings on Friday, the court said that the convicted ‘Man of God’ went to his victim, Ibrahim Sawanneh, and criminally borrowed a musical instrument claiming to have a revival in a certain area in Freetown purported to be for his unknown church know-fully well that it was fake.
“After collecting the musical sets including the generator, he went ahead and sold it,” the prosecution said, adding, “when the items were later requested, he consistently reneged to return them, which warranted this action.”
The prosecution said that the total amount of the items is forty-nine million four hundred thousand Leones, property of the complaint-Ibrahim Sawanneh.
In her judgment magistrate Harden ordered that the convict must be kept at the Pademba Road Male Correctional Center for complete twelve months, beginning from November 2015 to October 2017.
“He should not be released from prison after serving his jail term without restoring the properties or the amount involved to the complaint,” she ordered.
However, members of his church created a pocket scene at the court premises and protested the allegations against their racketeer. Meanwhile, he was handcuffed and whisked away into the prison’s vehicle and taken to Pademba.