Salone DFID Staff Dupes Counterpart in Nigeria.

18. 08. 06
posted by: DAUDA KOROMA

David John Conford, a staff of Department for International Development (DFID) on Monday 6 August 2018 appeared before Magistrate Mohamed Santigie Bangura of Court No. 1 on Siaka Stevens Street Freetown on 47 counts of obtaining money by false pretences contrary to section 32 (1) of the Larceny Act 1916.

According to the particulars of offence on count 1, the accused David John Conford on 29 February 2012 at Raju Electricals Bureau on Siaka Stevens Street Freetown obtained the sum of five hundred pounds sterling equivalent to two million five hundred thousand Leones from Sonia Michael Warner worker of Department for International Development (DFID) based in Nigeria by falsely pretending that he would build a house at Lakka in Freetown to be jointly owned by two of them which is known to be false.

On counts 2 - 45 according to the particulars of offence, the accused David John Conford also on 15 November 2016 at Raju Electricals Bureau on Siaka Stevens Street Freetown obtained the sum of 90 thousand pounds sterling equivalent to nine hundred million Leones from Sonia Michael Warner worker by falsely pretending that he would build a house at Lakka in Freetown to be jointly owned by two of them which is known to be false.

When the charges were read to the accused he pleaded not guilty, and the Defense Counsel representing the accused M.S Bangura applied for bail for his client that he would not jump bail neither interfere with the prosecution witness(s), and he is not also not a flight risk.

In response, lawyer associating with the prosecution A. Koroma objected on the grounds that the offences are grave offences and if granted bail the accused will not comply.

In his ruling, Magistrate Mohamed Santigie Bangura granted bail to the accused in the sum of 800 million Leones with two sureties in like sum and both sureties must be business owners in the Western Area, and bail should be approved by the Deputy Master and Registrar.

The matter is prosecuted by ASP Eric A Deen, and will come up again on 13 August 2018.