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Sierra Leone meth mules tell courtroom: ‘we were duped by someone else’

Two women who were found with kilograms of methylamphetamine hidden inside their luggage after flying from Sierra Leone to Australia blame someone else for duping them, a court has heard.

Matafa Fofana, 21, and Rosaline Koroma, 29, had almost 9kg of low-grade meth, equating to 4.83kg of pure meth, concealed in the lining of their suitcases when they arrived in Perth in May last year.

The pair, who lived together in Melbourne, claimed they didn’t know the drugs were there but were found guilty by a Supreme Court of WA jury in September.

Two young Sierra Leone women were caught at Perth Airport trying to smuggle meth into the state.Two young Sierra Leone women were caught at Perth Airport trying to smuggle meth into the state.
Camera IconTwo young Sierra Leone women were caught at Perth Airport trying to smuggle meth into the state.Picture: Supplied

Fofana’s lawyer told the court during sentencing submissions on Monday that his client, who has a four-year-old son, had written a powerful letter but it contained no mention of remorse.

“I am sorry for being so naive and trustworthy of others,” she wrote.

“I made a mistake and that mistake was to trust the wrong people.”

Koroma, a refugee, also said in her letter that she was reckless and naive to “trust people”, but she accepted responsibility for her actions and had shown remorse.

VideoThe war on ice is being won in Perth, with tests revealing 30 hits of methamphetamine a day per 1,000 people.

The prosecutor said text messages from Fofana stating she was going to Africa “for business” showed she had an awareness of her future activities.

“Both seek to maintain there was a third party who duped them,” she said.

The pair will be sentenced on December 10.

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