By Musa Paul Feika
Mohamed Yambasu is standing trial before Magistrate Alhaji Suliaman Koroma, of the Ross Road Magistrate Court No.1, for allegedly stealing fifteen million seven hundred and fifty thousand Leones (Le15,750,000) from his business partner, Dr. Alhaji Musa, who is also the complainant.
The police prosecution witness, Detective Police Constable 14094 Umaru Kamara, attached at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Kissy Police Station, told the court that he recognized the accused as well as the complainant and could recall 10th November, 2020.
Mr. Kamara said, on that day, he was on duty when the complainant made a report of larceny by servant. He told the court that the matter was assigned to him for investigation, adding that, on the 13th November, 2020, at around 3 p.m., the accused voluntarily arrived at the station.
The witness noted that he obtained a voluntary caution statement from the accused, which he admitted to be true and correct by affixing his right hand thumbprint. He did so at the end of his statement, which was witnessed by Detective Police Constable 14224, Sylvester Brima. The voluntary caution statement was produced and tendered as evidence.
He informed the court that the accused made a confessional statement to him; he admitted the allegation to be true and correct. As a result, the accused made a part payment of three million seven hundred thousand and fifty thousand Leones (Le3,7050,000), and handed it over to the Exhibit Clerk, Alimamy Abu Kamara, from the Kissy Police Station, for safe keeping.
The said amount was tendered by the Exhibit Clerk.
Mr. Kamara detailed the bench that, on the 23rd November, 2020, he charged the accused with the offence of larceny by servant, an offence which is contrary to law.
The police charge sheet adduces that Mohamed Yambasu, on the 10th November, 2020, in Freetown, stole fifteen million seven hundred and fifty thousand Leones (Le15,750,000) from the complainant.
The accused is on bail and the matter was adjourned to 22nd January, 2020.