One Behind Bars For Stealing From Jolakas

By Musa Paul Feika

Morray Kamara, a staff, who was working for Jolakas Manufacturing Company Limited, situated at the Wellington Estate in Freetown, has been remanded at the Male Correctional Centre, Pademba Road in Freetown, for allegedly breaking into the office of the former Accountant Depo, an Indian national, at aforementioned company and stole therein forty five million Leones (Le45,000,000).

The police prosecution witness, Detective Sergeant 8709, Ibrahim Sorie Kamara, attached at the Special Investigation Department (SID), Centre Police Division in Freetown, told the court that he recognized the accused and could recall 17th December, 2020.

He said, on that day, he was on duty at the abovementioned unit, Centre Police Division in Freetown, when a transferred case and inquiry file, from the Criminal Investigation Department headquarters, Pademba Road in Freetown, was brought to the said unit.

Mr. Kamara said the matter was assigned to him for investigation, adding that, on the same date, he obtained a charged statement from the accused.

The witness recounted that the accused admitted the statement to be true and correct by affixing by his right hand thumbprint, which was witnessed by Detective Sergeant 10331 S.M.  It was tendered to form part of the court`s records.

“On the same date, I charged the accused with offences of arson, office breaking, larceny and malicious damage, which are all contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone,” the witness concluded his evidence.

Detective Police Constable 17030, Sheku Koroma, who is an Exhibit Clerk, attached at the Centre Police Division, also took the  witness box.  He told the court that he was on duty, on the 18th December, 2020, in the aforesaid police division, when Detective Sergeant 8709 Kamara I instructed him to visit a crime scene at the Wellington Industrial Estate in Freetown.

Mr. Koroma said he left for the crime scene, adding that, upon his arrival, he took photographs of certain items which include one monitor, a keyboard, two damaged padlocks and a burnt wood.

“I registered them in a court Exhibit Book against serial No. 150/2020,” he told the bench.   They were produced and tendered as exhibits.

During cross examination, by Lawyer K. Kanu, he asked the charging officer whether the accused admitted the allegations. In reply, he said no.

Lawyer Kanu further asked the Exhibit Clerk where he took the photographs he has just tendered. He also asked Mr. Koroma whether he laid hands on any burnt documents. The witness responded in the negative.

Though Mr. Kanu renewed his application for bail for and on behalf of the accused, bail was refused and the accused was remanded.

The matter will come up again on the 22nd January, 2021.

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