By Janet A. Sesay
Maseray Bangaura (nurse) and Ishmael Bayoh on Wednesday 7th April 2021 appeared before Magistrate Marke Ngegba of Pademba Road Magistrate Court.
Police alleged that they conspired together to forge the signature of Momoh Sesay (now deceased) on a customary marriage certificate purporting to be husband and wife.
Both accused are standing trial on three counts of conspiracy, forgery and altering forged documents, which are all contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.
The charge sheet states that both accused, on 1st August 2017 at Bi-centenary House, Wallace Johnson Street in Freetown, conspired together to forge the signature of Momoh Sesay (deceased).
The charge sheet furthered that the accused, on the same day and place, with intent to defraud, forged a customary marriage certificate bearing the names Momoh Sesay, as husband, and Maseray Sesay (nee Bangura) as wife, dated 8th December 2017. The customary marriage certificate was purported to have been signed by the deceased, Momoh Sesay.
Whiles charge three states that the accused, on 14th January 2021, at the Criminal Investigation Department Headquarters, altered a certain customary marriage certificate, purporting to be the Marriage Certificate of the said Momoh Sesay and Maseray Sesay same to be false.
Both accused pleaded not guilty of the offence.
Prosecutor Sergeant 8998 Kadie Taylor sought for a date, informing that her witnesses were not present in court.
Defense counsel Hindolo Gavao made an application for bail on behalf of both accused who were granted bail by the Magistrate and the matter comes up again on the 13th April 2021.