Between 1 February – 8 July 2017, in Aberdeen, Emmanuel J. Potter was alleged to have fraudulently converted Le300 to his possession. The money belonged to Hassan Jalloh and Jimy Ming Guo meant for the purchase of timber. The accused was charged with 10 counts of Fraudulent Conversion contrary to Section 32 of the Larceny Act of 1916.
On 13 February 2018, the accused appeared in front of Magistrate Santigie Bangura of the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 on Siaka Stevens Street. Testifying in Court, the compliment, Hassan Jalloh, who is the first prosecution witness (PW1), said that on the date in question, he recalled entering into a timber business with the accused.
According to the witness, “the accused told me that he has 1,000 logs of timber and showed me a photo of the logs on his phone.” Jalloh said that they negotiated with the accused for the 1,000 logs of timber and they agreed on Le60,000 per log.
The witness said, “I gave him 50% of the money, which is Le30 million out of the Le60 million.” Jalloh underscored that after a few weeks they met at his office at Queen Elizabeth 2, where the accused told him that he is ready to go to Kabala to collect the timber logs and he needs the remainder of the money. “I gave him the remainder of the money,” Jalloh said
The witness furthered that after giving the accused all of the money, he did not receive any timber from the accused. They went together with the accused to Makeni, but the accused continued to stall and give excuses.
The accused was represented by J.M. Jengo, who applied for bail for his client. The police prosecutor objected on the grounds that the accused is a flight risk. Magistrate Santigie Bangura remanded the accused at the Male Correctional Centre and adjourned the matter 20 February 2018.
By Mohamed J. Bah
Wednesday February 14, 2018.