Presiding Magistrate of Court No. 1, Hannah Bonnie on Tuesday April 9, 2019, sentenced Mariatu Mansaray and Mohamed Kamara to six months in prison or pay a fine of one million Leones each after they were found guilty on three counts of contravening drugs requirements under section 17 of the Pharmacy and Drugs Act, 2001.

Police alleged that, on Wednesday April 3, 2019, at Lumley roundabout the culprits were found in possession of pharmaceutical drugs without licenses or reasonable excuse.

It was also alleged that at Funkia Market, Goderich, Mariatu Mansaray was found in possession of pharmaceutical drugs including novalgin tabs, Rovicold plus tabs, PE mol tabs, dyclosa tabs and paracetamol without license or reasonable excuse.

Also, Mohamed Kamara on the same date and place was found in possession of pharmaceutical drugs including Aziglobin (iron multivitamins and minerals) caps without licenses or reasonable excuse.

After the charges were read to the accused, they pleaded guilty.

Defense Lawyer, S.Will Esq., in his plea of mitigation, stated that the accused are first time offenders who did not want to waste the court’s time. He said pleaded with the Magistrate to use her discretion to discharge and caution the accused.

Lawyer Will maintained that the accused will not commit another offence.

The Prosecutor A.S.P M.K Massaquoi said the accused have no previous criminal records.

Magistrate Bonnie in her ruling sentenced the accused to six months in prison or pay a fine of one million Leones each.