By Janet A. Sesay
Magistrate Hannah Bonnie of Pademba Road Magistrate Court No.1 yesterday sentenced George Allieu Tarawalie to thirty days imprisonment or he pays a fine of five hundred thousand Leones to the sub-treasury of the Judiciary, as he was found guilty of loitering at the compound of the Anti-Corruption Commission in Bombali District.
The accused was arraigned before the court on one count charge of loitering, which is contrary to law. The charge sheet indicates that the convict, on Friday 22nd May 2020, was found loitering at the Anti-Corruption Commission compound in Bombali district.
After the charge was read to the accused, he pleaded guilty to the offence.
Lead defense counsel, J.M. Jengo, made a plea of mitigation on behalf of the accused, detailing that he was a first time offender and he had not wasted the time of the court.
He pleaded with the bench not to pose a custodian sentence on the convict but rather a minimum fine. He humbly pleaded with the Magistrate to temper justice with mercy on the convict.
Magistrate Hannah Bonnie sentenced the convict to thirty days imprisonment or pays a fine of five hundred thousand Leones.